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The Egypt Game By Zilpha Keatley Snyder The Egypt Game The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall she s not sure they ll have anything in common But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt When they stumble upon a deser

  • Title: The Egypt Game
  • Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • ISBN: 9780808553038
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Egypt Game By Zilpha Keatley Snyder The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she s not sure they ll have anything in common But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the A Z Antiques and Curio Shop, Melanie and April decide it s the perfect spot for the Egypt Game.Before long there are six Egyptians instead of twoThe first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she s not sure they ll have anything in common But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the A Z Antiques and Curio Shop, Melanie and April decide it s the perfect spot for the Egypt Game.Before long there are six Egyptians instead of two After school and on weekends they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code.Everyone thinks it s just a game, until strange things begin happening to the players Has the Egypt Game gone too far
    The Egypt Game By Zilpha Keatley Snyder

    The Egypt Game Snyder, Zilpha Keatley, Raible, Alton Zilpha Keatley Snyder is the author of The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm, all Newbery Honor Books Her most recent books include The Treasures of Weatherby, The Bronze Pen, William S and the Great Escape, and William s Midsummer Dreams She lives in Mill Valley, California Visit her at ZKSnyder. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she s not sure they ll have anything in common But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the A Z Antiques and Curio Shop, Melanie and April decide it s the perfect spot for the Egypt Game. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Alton Raible Up to sh backJul , Soon, though, the Egypt Game expands to a group of six Egyptians , and ancient ceremonies abound However, after learning about the Oracle in school, they try to contact it That is when a mystery develops Enter into The Egypt Game The Egypt Game Summary eNotes The Egypt Game is an award winning novel published in It tells the story of a group of children who invent a game inspired by Ancient Egypt After her father dies and her mother neglects her, The Egypt Game Summary SuperSummary The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder opens with sixth grader April Hall being sent to live with Caroline Hall, her grandmother She misses her mother, Dorothea, a great deal but knows that she has to make the best of being sent to live with Caroline.

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    1. Carol. on said:

      Based on Wanda s excellent review, as well as my own fondness for ancient Egypt, I picked up this young adult book to see what I was missing I found it reasonably entertaining, although I couldn t help wishing it was fleshed out a little further.April has been sent to live with her grandmother and she is resenting it All of that changes when she meets the upstairs girl, Melanie, her precocious four year old brother, Marshall, and his adorable stuffed octopus, Security They start out telling stor [...]

    2. Larissa on said:

      I already had a sort of Egypt fixation when this book was read to me for the first time in 3rd grade But this book took that fixation to a whole new level For years, I read it over and over again Itfected me Because it implied that I wasn t the only dorky, bespectacled youth out there pouring over books about the mummification process they pulled the brain out through the nose awesome , requesting that their mother construct 3D pyramind birthday cakes, and naming the neighbor s stray cat after h [...]

    3. Wanda on said:

      Wanda s Summer Carnival of Children s Literature This book is one of the reasons that I love mysteries so much as an adult I read it when I was 9 or 10 and I distinctly remember that it scared the pants off me It had just the right amount of creepiness for that age a potentially sinister man whose storage yard that the children choose to play in, a secret club that they have to protect from children who wouldn t appreciate the intricate Egypt game, and a murderer roaming the town and making adul [...]

    4. Calista on said:

      I loved this as a kid Zilpha was one of my favorite authors in the 80s There was John Bellairs, Judy Blume and Zilpha Synder Back then I couldn t even say her name Headless Cupid was my favorite book back then This was another great of hers.A group of neighborhood children find a building with fun stuff where they come up with a game about Egyptian gods and goddesses They set up alters and even an oracle The game gets real when they start getting real answers back As a kid, I remember this was c [...]

    5. Michael Klein on said:

      A Newbury Honor Book Really While this was an interesting story, I found the children to not behave in the manner of actual children speaking wisely beyond their years and with adult emotions emotions we might like them to have, but that for the most part, they do not Interesting to note that the NY Times Book Review quoted on the inside cover says the author presents contemporary children as they talk and act on their own Yeah, I don t think so.The story, whlie interesting, is somewhat choppy M [...]

    6. The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears on said:

      When I first came across this book in 1975, I was seven years old and was totally into everything ancient Egypt I d seen the King Tut exhibit twice, read everything both fact and fiction about the civilization and was so geeky that I tought myself to write in hieroglyphics which was fun when it came to passing secret messages Imagine my delight when the wonderful librarian at my elementary school I wish I could remember her name because she helped feed my Egypt fix gave me this book I literally [...]

    7. Lars Guthrie on said:

      There are so many things to like about this extraordinary book that I had somehow missed previously I m actually not sure if I had read it completely through before, probably because it is another novel that I consider over assigned in schools The Egypt Game also carries the burden of being dated It was published in 1967 when kids said neat a lot and had to go to the library to find out about ancient Egypt, instead of looking online No cell phones here Of course, that could be viewed as a plus [...]

    8. Jessica on said:

      This was my banned book for the WBC challenge I actually found it buried in a box amongst the Baby sitters Club, Sweet Valley Twins, A Wrinkle in Time and various other books I collected in my childhood, but I d never read this one so I decided to pick it up after I saw it listed as a banned book It was a cute book about a girl named April, who has come to live with her grandmother whom she hardly knows after her flighty actress mother decides to go on tour sans her 11 year old daughter Lost and [...]

    9. Megan Baxter on said:

      The Egypt Game is a perfectly fine book for older kids or young adults It s fun, it moves along nicely, it has an amazingly multicultural cast that isn t belabored, and there are a few real scares in the book On the other hand, reading it as an adult, it isn t a lot It s a very straightforward story, and most of the ending could have been predicted within the first thirty pages, as long as you also looked at the cover That is not the end of the world It merely means it s a good, fun book for ki [...]

    10. Empress Reece (Hooked on Books) on said:

      This is another Newberry Honor book that my son and I are reading together I enjoyed it and thought it was a fun story It starts out with two girls and their little 4 year old brother that love Egyptology so they create their own imaginative game to play in secret As they bring new kids with new ideas, into their club including even a couple of boys, The Egypt Game evolves and takes on a life of its own.The book highlights that its ok for kids of different races to intermix that boys and girls c [...]

    11. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) on said:

      It s nice when a childhood favourite holds up decades later I read this book several times in elementary school when it first came out, and when I started seventh grade I was thrilled to see a huge section of books on Egypt in the highschool library I proceeded to read a lot of them Coming back to this book 4 decades later, I noticed a whole plot thread that had zipped over my innocent little head back then How did I miss the whole serial child killer scare that keeps the kids indoors for weeks [...]

    12. jess on said:

      I loved this book as a kid I recently learned there s a sequel, so I decided to re read the Egypt Game before I read the sequel I was worried that it wouldn t hold up to my childhood memories I was especially concerned that the way the kids treat different cultures might come across as flat or awkward or, frankly, xenophobic or bigoted I m a lot sensitive about that stuff these days I won t champion this book as a bastion of cultural diversity, but I think it was okay good enough in that regard [...]

    13. Nany on said:

      WARNING, SPOILER I think This book really has a mixture of fun, sad and scary things When I started reading it, which was on my summer vacations, I liked it so much, I couldn t stop reading it I think I read it in two days It s so fantastic, how April, Melanie, Marshal, and then Elizabeth, and the two boys Toby and Ken create a society, which grows and grows This book felt so magic I spent like 15 min laughing about Marshall, one of the biggest characters, when he says Let s kill April It s magi [...]

    14. Margo Littell on said:

      Revisiting childhood reads I loved this back then and I loved it now.

    15. Jennifer on said:

      I recall a teacher reading this book, but couldn t quite remember much else I love Egypt and everything that comes with it It s a unique culture from a different time, filled with pharaohs, pyramids, and mummies And the children in this story are equally enthralled with Egyptology They go to the library to research it, role play pharaohs, gods, and servants They even play Egyptians for Halloween But, while they are having funa murderer is on the loose who kills children The children s parents do [...]

    16. Gabby on said:

      In a university town in California, two sixth grade girls named Melanie and April came up with a great idea when they were studying ancient Egypt, they created a game called The Egypt Game Soon, their friends Toby, Ken, Elizabeth, and Melanie s little brother Marshall joined them Together, they built temples out of cardboard boxes and used various materials to make gods and goddesses They even got pieces of clothing and unused jewelry to make Egyptian costumes When they started asking their orac [...]

    17. Sara on said:

      I have a packaged spiel about Zilpha Keatley Snyder that I won t go into here, but FWIW I adore her She published just a ton of books and they re all entertaining at worst and, at best, life affirming and deeply supportive of weird kids, troubled kids, banding together to take care of each other in the faces of adults who exist on a spectrum from well meaning but kind of clueless to actively neglectful abusive SO.Anyway this book in particular is a big deal to me I have a weirdly specific sense [...]

    18. Kathleen on said:

      First published in 1967, this book was written around the time I was the same age as the youngest member of the characters It was awarded a Newbery Honor in its day and I think I can figure out why It features a cast of characters that is diverse, and a neighborhood that is a little run down and seedy, and single mothers and grandmothers raising their children Coming off the 1950s Leave It to Beaver Generation, this book would have seemed pretty edgy.I think it doesn t play as well with current [...]

    19. Jackie "the Librarian" on said:

      Great book So many layers family issues, friendships, imagination, social issues, and creepy suspense April was such a great character, reacting to feeling abandoned by her mother with her creative use of false eyelashes Thank goodness Melanie was her friend, and didn t let April wear those eyelashes to school I love all the details about the game, with everyone using their imaginations to recreate an Egyptian temple and all the rituals All the relationships between the kids are so funny and tru [...]

    20. Namitha Varma on said:

      An enjoyable story, though I wish I read this at least 20 years earlier It d have given my imagination a great boost if I d read it in my childhood However, this reminded me of the pretend games I myself used to play apart from the house game where I d be the mother or the daughter or the sister especially the one that involved a whole universe of uber tiny people who lived inside walls and wood which I imagined to be hollow inside for these people to populate , and one of them, Libu, was my fri [...]

    21. Kate on said:

      One of my all time favorite books I must have read it over 20 times and still have my well worn copy I was fascinated with Ancient Egypt as a child the first job I ever dreamed about having was an Egyptologist and I dreamed of having a group of friends with which to play an imagination game like this with, but none of my friends had as much of an interest in Egypt as I had I ended up decorating my room with Egyptian knick knacks that I d find at random stores and get as gifts instead.

    22. Emily on said:

      This book from my childhood still holds up, and makes me wish I had a special Egypt I could escape to with my friends Reading as an adult, I was appreciative of the racially diverse group of friends and the little insights into friendship dynamics but I couldn t help but identify with the adults There is a murderer on the loose, kids, please don t sneak out to an abandoned lot in the middle of the night

    23. Cecilia Rising on said:

      Very good I love the suspense and mystery the author gave me I kept wanting to read and It sure was a page turner It intrigued me to read of her books I would have never thought that orange haired, speckled, old man was the murderer and behind all the crime scenes I m happy Egypt isn t gone forever Overall, it is defiantly be one of my favorite books so far.

    24. Erin on said:

      I remembered reading this in 6th grade and not liking it thinking it was very weird, but not remembering anything else about it So when it came to my head the other day, I grabbed it from the library Turns out I was right It was weird not good.

    25. Nora on said:

      All small people should read this book I was obsessed with this in 4th grade, when I was sure I was going to grow up to be an archeologist The book convinces kids that history is awesome Which it is.

    26. Wealhtheow on said:

      A ragtag group of children form a secret society, complete with an oracular statue, in an abandoned lot To this day, I eye abandoned lots in the hopes of having my own Egypt Game.

    27. Justin G on said:

      i liked the book because it gives alot of in formation to april s porsinallity and her friends

    28. Katie Fitzgerald on said:

      This review also appears on my blog, Read at Home Mom.When April Hall moves in with her grandmother while her mother remains in Hollywood, the first kids she meets are Melanie Ross and her brother, Marshall April and Melanie appear to be quite different from each other, but they soon bond over a mutual fascination with Egyptian history Each afternoon, the two girls and Marshall gather in the yard behind the A Z Antiques and Curio Shop to play the Egypt Game At first, the game consists of simple [...]

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