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The Egypt Game Paperback – July 7, 2009
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"An increasingly captivating story, which builds to a risky and daring climax."
-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Top Customer Reviews
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!!!
It'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-antique store and a murder mystery, and even a dark and stormy night.
Melanie 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 equal rights was in full swing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is not only adventurous, but it shows that if you use your imagination anything is possible. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Susan LaCoe
I thought it was a great book! I loved that April was so different than the other characters. She came from a big city, her family was wealthier than most people, and she always... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Meghan Rozema
The Egypt Game is one of my favorite books of all time! I was definitely recommend that you read it! Read morePublished 13 days ago by Caley T Coughlan
Overall, I did not like The Egypt Game very much. I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend. I thought that the book was boring most of the time. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Wed Sendaydiego
I think is a great book, I totally recommend it to others. It saris when April Hall moves to the Casa Rosada apartments, where she meets Melanie and Marshall Ross. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the novel The Egypt Game. It keep me hooked all the way through the book. I loved all the characters especially the Professor, because you started out thinking he was... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder is a book that I would recommend to anyone who likes Egyptian mythology. Read morePublished 14 days ago by L. Haara
In my opinion the book was interesting. I think this because the beginning was hard to follow but the rest was easy to follow. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's a good book for 5th and 6 th graders. The beginning is a little boring but the end is a great mysteryPublished 15 days ago by Pattie R.