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The Egypt Game Paperback – July 7, 2009
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This book may not have transported me back to the real Ancient Egypt, but it did take me into the kind of world only a child's imagination can create. It contains makeshift altars and special names, made-up rituals and homemade costumes, "modified" hieroglyphics and even a new way to walk. Anyone who has ever invented his or her own special world, out of fascination or out of boredom, will understand the appeal of "The Egypt Game".
While reading, I often thought that Zilpha Keatley Snyder had more fun writing about the made-up rituals than the characters had performing them. Not only are they fun, they are more or less well-researched, which is only right, as two of her characters are enthusiastic readers who pay attention to details. Throughout the story, Snyder's sense of humor shines through, whether she is making one character sprinkle ashes into his hair or making two other characters refrain from doing so, "because to a girl even the death of a pharaoh isn't worth a dirty head."
Except for April Hall and Melanie Ross--and the Professor, of course--the characters are not very complex. They become part of Egypt not because they have something vital to add to the plot, but because they make the game more fun. Only a few of them go through a change that is apparent at the end of the story. However, their personalities are varied enough to contribute to the small conflicts in each chapter (this is a semi-episodic novel), and to let readers have different favorite characters.
The book has its darker parts, however.Read more ›
This story tells of a group of six children from different cultures and backgrounds who are drawn together by a common interest in Egyptian mythology. They stumble upon an unused lot of land adjoining the local antique dealer/junk shop where they create their own replica of ancient Egypt, complete with statuary and hieroglyphics and perform the most necessary rites and rituals with due pomp and ceremony.
To make things even more interesting, there are elements of danger and mystery, and the author even manages to include different types of family situations and how the children react to their various circumstances.
A simple book that introduces children to the vast and often untapped worlds of their imagination.
Amanda Richards, February 19, 2006
This book combines a great story of suspense, some of the Egyptian rituals, and so on. The author really lets you get to know the characters of this book. I highly recommend this book!!!
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My 10-year old son was reading this book with his reading group at school. I purchased the Kindle version so that we could still read it at home if he forgot the paperback at... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Brown
As an adult, re-reading this book over forty years later, you realize how wonderful it is. As a child, it seemed like it look a while to read. As an adult, it went pretty quick. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roxane Bremen
This is a review from my 10 year old child: The Egypt Game is the best story ever written. It draws you right in the book from the start. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DS
This a very good story for 3rd - 6th graders. There are lots of opportunities for teachers to incorporate literature and social studies.Published 5 months ago by Academic Advisor
I reccomd this book to everyone and people that like scarry stuff.
This book is like your invisible but they can't see you and you can see them.