The Egypt Game

The Egypt Game

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by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Alton Raible
     
 

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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 Egypt Game.

Before long there are six Egyptians instead

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Overview

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 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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.'' (8-12)
From the Publisher
"Tailor-made for children who love the thought of rambling mansions, garden mazes, and hidden treasure."

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"An increasingly captivating story, which builds to a risky and daring climax."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416990512
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
63,926
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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An Excerpt from The Egypt Game

            All through the month of August, Melanie and April were together almost
            every day. They played the paper-families game and other games, both
            in the Rosses' apartment and in Caroline's. They took Marshall for
            walks and to the park while Mrs. Ross was gone to her class, and almost
            every day they went to the library. It was in the library in August
            that the seeds were planted that grew into the Egypt Game in September
            in the Professor's deserted yard.

            It all started when April found a new book about Egypt, an especially
            interesting one about the life of a young pharaoh. She passed it on
            to Melanie, and with it a lot of interest in all sorts of ancient
            stuff. Melanie was soon as fascinated by the valley of the Nile as
            April had been. Before long, with the help of a sympathetic librarian,
            they had found and read just about everything the library had to offer
            on Egypt--both fact and fiction.

            They read about Egypt in the library during the day, and at home in
            the evening, and in bed late at night when they were supposed to be
            asleep. Then in the mornings while they helped each other with their
            chores they discussed the things they had found out. In a very short
            time they had accumulated all sorts of fascinating facts about tombs
            and temples, pharaohs and pyramids, mummies and monoliths, and dozens
            of other exotic topics. They decided that the Egyptians couldn't have
            been more interesting if they had done it on purpose. Everything,
            from their love of beauty and mystery, to their fascinating habit
            of getting married when they were only eleven years old, made good
            stuff to talk about. By the end of the month, April and Melanie were
            beginning work on their own alphabet of hieroglyphics for writing
            secret messages, and at the library they were beginning to be called
            the Egypt Girls.

            

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