The Egypt Game

The Egypt Game➣ [Epub] ➝ 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 desert 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 Antiues and Curio Shop Melanie and April decide it's the perfect spot for The Egypt GameBefore 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 codeEveryone thinks The Egypt PDF or it's just a game until strange things begin happening to the players Has The Egypt Game gone too far.

The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for The Egypt Game The Headless Cupid and The Witches of Worm Zilpha Keatley Snyder began writing books for children in when her first book A Season of Ponies was published Over the course of the career she completed books mostly for children aged to but also including two books for young adults four picture books for younger c.

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  • Hardcover
  • 215 pages
  • The Egypt Game
  • Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • English
  • 13 October 2014
  • 9780808553038

10 thoughts on “The Egypt Game

  1. carol. says:

    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 furtherApril 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 stories with Melanie’s elaborate paper families but it soon progresses into playacting when they discover an apparently abandoned back yard Other people are added to their imaginative play Imagination time becomes compromised when a real life murder occurs in a nearby neighborhood and their parents are reluctant to allow them outside“Well” April and Melanie said to each other–only just with a look not out loud “wasn’t that like a boy They got things into a mess and then expected a girl to get them out of it”I think this would have been a perfect book for me around age nine Themes involve friends differences imagination and secrets April’s loss of her home with her mother is one of the themes that weaves through the background adding a humanizing touch to her and showing the way these issues can be processed in the background and not always need processing out loud Characters particularly the three that begin the game seem reasonably well developed I particularly love the understated way April and Melanie end up become best friends without needing to label it as such I also liked the way April’s grandmother Caroline was portrayed an understated background role that gave April a chance to develop in her new home One of the strengths of the book was the feeling of authenticity in their dialogue Bonus point for having a cast that represented a variety of ethnicities and family structuresPlotting was fine I was intrigued by the section with the oracle as I wasn’t sure where the story was headed fantastical or real world and I’m not sure the children knew either Some may say that a murder in a children’s book is inappropriate; I disagree I think it was handled perfectly well and the children displayed the same self centeredness that many children in that age group do when coping with such issues I did find the wrap up to be somewhat awkward however However an emotionally satisfying endingMany young adult books feel the need to pose children and adults in opposing relationships it was refreshing to encounter adults who allowed kids to get about the business of being kids The girls are wrapped up in the world of imagination although they certainly have moments in school and at home where the real world intrudes I loved the mention of asking a teacher about oracles and leading her off track It reminds me of all the games I and my various playmates concocted; the hours spent prepping the obsessions with getting something ‘right’ according to some mysterious nine year old definition of what ‘right’ was“When somebody saves your life it makes him sort of your property and nobody was going to make fun with April around”Three and a half stars rounding up because of Egypt and best friends

  2. Larissa says:

    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 Itaffected 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 reuesting that their mother construct 3D pyramind birthday cakes and naming the neighbor's stray cat after her favorite female Pharoah Hatshepsut Strangely enough though not many 10 year olds had any interest in memorizing the hieroglyphic alphabet with me

  3. Wanda says:

    Wanda’s Summer Carnival of Children’s LiteratureThis 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 meIt 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 adults reluctant to turn their kids loose to playAlthough I was raised in a Christian church I had a very pagan soul as a little kid and I would have given my eye teeth to have friends who would have acted out Ancient Egyptian rituals with me Plus I had a vivid imagination and managed to get myself freaked out while playing other imaginary games with a neighbour girl As an older child with no siblings to plot plan with I lived in my own head a lot and the research planning of this role playing would have been heaven for a little nerd like meThe murders in this story barely made an impression on 10 year old me—I don’t remember that aspect at all What terrified me was view spoilerwhen the Egyptian oracle started to answer the children’s uestions hide spoiler

  4. Calista says:

    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 hersA 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 creepy as hell and I felt so proud to make it through I reread it and it was still spooky and charming I didn't appreciate the diversity growing up with the characters but Zilpha was rocking back in the 60s I think I need to read her and John Bellairs Zilpha did some good stuff and I should read of catalog Another projectThis is still good mystery still creepy and still really interesting with all the Egyptian references and history It's a fun book I'm glad this got the Newberry

  5. Luisa Knight says:

    I don't find the murdering of children a fitting central topic for children's books On top of that it's a sad testament to the state of our current culture that the murderer can't even be recognized as a bad guy He is labeled as mentally sick and is conveyed as in need of our sympathy than judgement As if he was the victim and not the two children he murdered or the third he tries to nab The main character a girl of ten has no moral compass and leads her friends into all kinds of things Including pretending they live in ancient Egypt They play act sacrificial blood rituals worship of the gods and prophesy and receive omensAnd of course since the book is already dealing with fairly adult issues why not throw in a dead beat Hollywood aspiring mom who dumps her daughter at the grandmother's so she can continue unhindered in her pursuits Let's expose kids to the emotional trauma of that too why notLike my reviews? Then you should follow me Because I have hundreds just like this one With each review I provide a Cleanliness Report mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents andor conscientious readers like me can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not Content surprises are super annoying especially when you’re 100 pages in so here’s my attempt to help you avoid that So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads You’ll see my updates as I’m reading and know which books I’m liking and what I’m not finishing and why You’ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you’re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not From swear words to romance to bad attitudes in children’s books I cover it all

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

    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 devoured it overnight and re read it as many time as I could before it was due It was the first time I ever considered stealing a library book because I was so in love with it and didn't want to give it back Luckily I didn't have to since she gave it to meIt's a rather simple premise really a bunch of very imaginative kids most of whom are misfits get together and create their own ancient Egyptian styled world complete with homemade costumes and props scrounged from the junk found in the abandoned back area where they created their Egypt There's a creepy old man who runs a thrift antiue store and a murder mystery and even a dark and stormy nightMelanie and her brother Marshall with his stuffed toy octopus April Elizabeth Ken and Toby were the childhood friends I longed for Melanie was me Even now forty something years later this book feels timeless even with the anachronistic use of the word negroes which only appears twice in the narrative to describe Melanie and Marshall who are black Hey this was the late 60's and yes we were called negro back then though black and afro American were slowly coming into wider use This book was written in 1967 during the turbulent 60's The struggle for eual rights was in full swing What made The Egypt Game stand out from so many books at the time was the ethnic diversity of the characters something the YA genre is woefully behind on even now When I read about Melanie Ross it's as if Ms Snyder had been watching me this geeky black girl with pigtails as my eyes lit up over color it yourself tomb paintings and my cut out pictures of King Tut's funeral mask from National Geographic I had a role model and a kindred spirit With some books the diversity aspect is just there or just window dressing There are authors who throw in an ethnic character or two and have them do nothing throughout the narrative Ms Snhyder didn't do that These were smart kids from diverse backgrounds They were also kindred spirits in their love of a magnificent ancient culture and yet they're still kids although perhaps a little smarter than their peersI've always dreamed that someone who loved this book as much I do would make this a movie or a series On the other hand considering Hollywood's penchant for fucking up the most beloved of stories with a few notable exceptions I'm actually glad they haven't I could just imagine the entire cast turned into The Last Airbender type fail Maybe it's best that my beloved and dog eared The Egypt Game stays the magical book it has always been

  7. Hilary says:

    April goes to live with Grandma her mum has met someone new and is going away for a bit April finds is it hard being deserted by her mum but gradually with the help of Caroline her Grandmother and making a new friend of Elizabeth who lives in an apartment in her block she begins to enjoy life and not constantly long go go back to Hollywood They start a game based on ancient Egypt and soon some others join in Something bad happens in the neighbourhood and there isn't as much freedom for outdoor play as there wasThere are some wonderful characters in this story April who likes to show off her glamorous Hollywood background and wear false eyelashes is also intelligent thoughtful brave and compassionate How nice to see some boys who are the class's cool jokers join in and find they really like the imaginative play A wonderful look at children playing outdoors imaginative play and play that reuires a bit of freedom and some risk A happy and climactic ending If I had read this when I was young I would have been recruiting members for an Egypt group ASAPRead on openlibrary

  8. Lars Guthrie says:

    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'Imagination is a great thing in long dull hours but it’s a real curse in a dark alley' Snyder tells us and those words are the key to a story where a darker reality one not found in most children's books lurks in the dusty shadows of a town not unlike Berleley CaliforniaWhat you imagine is never senseless While it can help you escape your troubles it can't rescue you What can rescue you are friends and protectors Paradoxically imagination can lead you to them What better theme for a children's novel than the limitations as well as the saving graces of imaginationThe protagonist of 'Egypt Game' is a delightfully complex sixth grader April Hall willful stubborn clever ready to fight at the slightest of challenges insecure vulnerable and the possessor of a powerful and active imagination and a high sense of drama When her mother decides a singing and acting career comes ahead of a daughter April resentfully goes off to live with her grandmotherMoving into the Casa Rosada apartment building though is the beginning of a close connection with Melanie Ross the luckiest of friendships for April Melanie is April's match in intelligence and imagination and far wiser in social matters It is her influence that helps April to negotiate a new home a new neighborhood and a new schoolApril's protectors are found in unlikely places One turns out to be Melanie's self assured and laconic little brother Marshall Another is located in the same dusty shadows where evil hidesThat is just the beginning of an engaging and expansive cast of characters of different ages and races Snyder manages to instill something evocative and real in even the most minor of them as well as to impart a sense of wonder about ancient Egypt and its mythology that sparked my curiosity and made 'The Egypt Game' a good companion piece to 'The Red Pyramid' She also tells a great storyHighly recommended

  9. Michael Klein says:

    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 uoted on the inside cover says the author presents contemporary children as they talk and act on their own Yeah I don't think soThe story whlie interesting is somewhat choppy Months are covered by a single line then many paragraphs describe a walk of a few blocks Oh and in the middle there is casually mentioned a child murderer in the neighborhood A what? Yeah that's what I thought too And then that plot goes away for 14 of the novel until returning at the endI'd say it's better than many YA novels I've read recently but it was still uneven

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Re read I remember playing the same paper doll game that the girls did Still have themRead for summer reading program — “award winning book”

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