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Two girls get involved in an elaborate "Egypt game," a fantasy game that soon leads to strange, unexplainable happenings. PW called the characters in Snyder's Newbery Honor winner "true originals."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416990518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416990512
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wouldn't be surprised if readers finish this book and don't turn back to the TV, but instead put together make-believe worlds of their own--not necessarily Egyptian ones.
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.
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We, the 7th graders at Saluda School, have just finished reading this exciting, blood-pumping novel. This book was so exiting, we could hardly put it down. In fact, we didn't even want to go to our next class. Please take our word for it, and read this book. You won't regret it.
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This book reminds us that back in 1967, children played games that expanded their imaginations and sent them voluntarily to the library to seek information. Computers and the internet now make the information search so much easier, but sadly, many children don't take their eyes away from the television screen, X-Box game or Game Boy long enough to realize what they are missing.

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
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This book was absolutely fabulous. It talks about a young girl named April who comes to live in a town in CA while her mom is touring around the country. She meets a girl name Melanie and her younger brother named Marshall. Melanie and April are fascinated with Egyptian history and love everything to do with Egypt. Soon they find an old storage yard behind an old antique shop. This is now called Egypt. This is where the Egypt Game takes place. Soon there comes three more kids who come to join the Egypt Game. The Egyptians do many ceremonies to the gods,( including a ceremony for the dead which is basically a funeral for one of the girl's dead parakeet). Soon there is a homicide and everyone is forced to stay indoors, but a few weeks later the kids are allowed to play outside again. ...
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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I read this book when I was in the fourth grade. (My best friend and I were reading through the shelf of award winners.) She read it next. As soon as she finished the book, we set up our own game, a cross between the Egypt Game and what we'd understood from her older sister's class production of Macbeth. We had hours of fun playing that way, and I loved having a book that showed characters who played imaginatively. (And there aren't that many role models who don't spend all their time on their computers or on the organized sports field these days. See the preceding review from the person who said that she didn't like the way the characters used too much "ammagination." <sigh> I ordered this book recently to read aloud to my third graders, and they loved it! Now there are several Games going on in our neighborhood. The book was as good as I remembered it.
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