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Mummy Mayhem

by (author) Mary Labatt

illustrated by Jo Rioux

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2010
General, General, Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5


Sam loves a spooky mystery, but when this dog detective finds herself on the run from an ancient curse, is it more than she can handle?

When Sam notices a strange, lumpy figure wrapped in white walking by her house every day, she doesn't think much of it. Then Sam's human friends Jennie and Beth recount the story of a mummy's curse they learned about at a museum exhibit. Could the weird figure wrapped in white be a mummy on the rampage? Young graphic novel readers will furiously turn pages to find a surprising solution to this mystery.

About the authors

Mary Labatt is an editor and writer. She is the author of the Dog Detective Sam mystery series, the Sam and Friends graphic mystery novels, the Puppy Sam level one early readers and a novel called A Puppy is for Loving. With all these dog books you can guess what Mary does on her Clear Creek, Ontario farm. She breeds and raises Rough Collies and Welsh Springer Spaniels. In the picture you can see Mary with two of her collie mothers, Annabel and Chloe.

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Jo Rioux was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. An artist from an early age, she was eventually drawn to children’s books, illustrating Swordquest for HarperCollins and the graphic novel series A Sam and Friends Mystery for Kids Can Press. Her love for the comic medium spurred her to author her first graphic novel series, Cat’s Cradle. She lives in the lush suburbs of her hometown, where, when not working at her drawing desk, she can be found nestled within a pile of books.

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  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

... provides just enough spooky goings-on for young readers who don't want to be too scared, along with a fun mystery.


Librarian Reviews

Mummy Mayhem (Sam and Friends Mystery)

Sam’s no ordinary dog and she loves a mystery. When her friends Jennie and Beth go on a school trip to the museum to learn about ancient Egypt, they bring home tales of a mysterious Pharaoh in search of his beloved shaggy, white dog. Sam’s being left treats by a mysterious-looking character. Has the mummy come for her? Based on the book The Mummy Lives! Book Three in the series.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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