10 year old Andy has never done anything magnificent. At least he's never done anything as magnificent as his stepbrother, "Mr Gifted," who has been showing him up in every way since he moved in with Andy and his dad four years ago.
But things change for Andy after an odd encounter with an ancient mummy on a class trip to the museum. Suddenly he finds he can paint like a great artist, he can solve math problems, and even his handwriting becomes neater. Most amazing - everything he wishes for seems to come true. Andy is convinced it is because of the Mummy. And in testing the limits of his new magnificent powers, he realizes, too late, that his finest wish could have some terrifying consequences.
When I was a kid, I really loved this book. It's perfect when a child is going through their Egypt phase - don't we all go through one at some point?
From Amazon.com: Tired of being compared to his brilliant, 10-year-old stepbrother, Jason, Andy Manotti, also 10, resigns himself to mediocrity, but the plot thickens. When the fifth-grade classes visit the local museum, he feels a strong and powerful link to an Egyptian mummy display. Back at school, Andy draws an exquisite picture of a mummy case and soon finds that it has the power to grant him wishes. The magic may be imagined (Woodruff lets readers decide), but Andy's final dilemma is real enough. Should he use his last wish to ship his stepbrother off to Mars or to bring his mother back to life? While readers may find the stepbrothers' inevitable reconciliation less convincing than their original relationship of mutual dislike, the story will hold their interest, and the book jacket, with its spooky depiction of Jason mesmerized by some magical force from the mummy, will attract many kids to the book.
Andy just wants to do something special. When he visits an Egyptian exhibit he gets some wierd magic power and he can wish for anything he wants! Andy soon finds out to be very careful of what he wishes for.