The Egypt Game

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The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she’s not sure they 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, Melanie and April decide it’s the perfect spot for the Egypt Game. Before long there are six Egyptians, and they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code. Everyone thinks it’s just a game until strange things start happening. Has the...

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Overview

The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she’s not sure they 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, Melanie and April decide it’s the perfect spot for the Egypt Game. Before long there are six Egyptians, and they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code. Everyone thinks it’s just a game until strange things start happening. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?

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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
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"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: 7/7/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 36,666
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Zilpha Keatley Snyder is the author of The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm, all Newbery Honor Books. Her most recent books include The Treasures of Weatherby, The Bronze Pen, William S. and the Great Escape, and William’s Midsummer Dreams. She lives in Mill Valley, California. Visit her at ZKSnyder.com.

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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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    This is a children's book that I highly recommend. Cute story and characters. Mixing up my reading to include Childrens', Teens and "grown up" books is a wonderful thing!

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Bought is as a gift, But read it before I gave it as a gift.

    I'm 30. I bought this book for a 11 year old. I love kids books that can even bring an adult into the story. I hope she enjoyed it as much as I did!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    okay book

    i like the book but it really wasn't what i was looking for it is thrilling and the end is a real shocker i didn't like it that much

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    zilpha keatley snyder

    wowow. this book(the egypt game is amazing i loved it. it was so mysterious and stuff.i hear the gypsy game isn't as good i dont know though.the 1st book is a reader level 6.6 and gypsy reader level is 4.8 so i am alittle disapointed. does anyone know if the UNSEEN book is good?

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    GOOD BOOK

    Great book for 7-12 year old's.(That's my opinion not a fact). I loved the book because it a kind a book with suspense,little action but at the same time it's funny. The best thing I liked about it was that it was a creative book and the Egypt game itself was creative too because how they had the gods, the burial, etc. The game itself is like a mini version of Egypt.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    Really great book

    In the fourth grade I was obsessed with anything having to do with ancient Egypt. I found this book in my school's library and loved it. Now it's five years later and I STILL love it, haha. I've always thought it was well-written with a good plot. I'm trying to get my nephew to read it lol.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    Cool

    This book has twist in most chapters. you cant stop reading.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2006

    Look at the big picture

    This is a wonderful tale about a group of children, that couldn't be more different if they tried, coming together in an imaginary ancient land. If you merely focus on the story line, you miss the beauty of this book. There is great value in diversity, every member of the Egypt Game makes a valuable contribution to the group as a whole, right down to the youngest member at the end of the story. This book provides an excellent opportunity to teach kids to read for the larger message and seek the life lesson in each experience.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    terrible

    was forced to read this book in sixth grade. truely a TERRIBLE book. not good.

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    Not Worth Reading

    I thought it was going to be good because i love Ancient Egypt, but it was bad!!!! It was not good quality writing, and it didn't have a clear mystery. Don't read it!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Review. Do not spoil. Five stars cuz its a good book.

    Jeez will you people just review instead of tellinb people who havent read yet the whose story? Five stars cuz its a good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    Eleven-year-old April Hall, who often calls herself April Dawn,

    Eleven-year-old April Hall, who often calls herself April Dawn, is sent by her actress-singer mother Dorothea, to live with her grandmother, Caroline Hall, in a California university town. In the same old California-Spanish apartment house called the Casa Rosada lives the family of Melanie Ross, who is April’s age. Melanie has a four-year-old brother Marshall. April and Melanie end up going to the same sixth-grade class at Wilson School and find that they share a love of all things related to ancient Egypt. In their neighborhood, they come across a deserted storage yard behind the A-Z Antiques store run by an elderly man usually known simply as “The Professor” in which they see some items which they use to begin playing “The Egypt Game,” in which they wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on a secret code. Marshall is brought along too.

    Over the next several months, “The Egypt Game” comes to include Elizabeth Chung, a nine-year-old girl whose family also moves into the Casa Rosada, and Toby Alvillar and Ken Kamata, two boys in April and Melanie’s sixth-grade class. However, a couple of terrible murders happen in the neighborhood, one a little boy, and the other a little girl. Sometimes “the Egyptians” feel as if someone is watching them. And then some strange things begin to occur when the children are playing their game. Has “The Egypt Game” gone too far? Will something bad happen to them? Who is responsible for the murders? The Egypt Game, which was a Newbery Honor Book in 1968, is not a book that one would choose to accompany a study of ancient Egypt, like The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw or Shadow Hawk by Andre Norton, but it is a neat story about some children who use their imaginations and have a lot of fun together.

    I found it interesting that I had just read Hope Was There, in which a girl named Hope was dumped by her mother on her Aunt Addie, and now in this book April is dumped by her mother on her Grandmother Caroline. It is almost as if there was an epidemic in Newbery Honor Books of mothers abandoning their children. Otherwise, there is not much objectionable. A few common euphemisms (heck, gee, darn) occur, and April utters a couple of “words that Melanie wasn’t allowed to say,” but they are indicated simply by blanks. The children do disobey their parents a few times when they are not supposed to go out but do so to play their game. A belief in the possibility of reincarnation is stated at one point, and the names of some Egyptian idols are found. Parents of small children or children who are especially sensitive and may have bad dreams from seeing or hearing frightening things will want to know that one scene in particular is rather scary and intense, but for most young people it should be no problem. Overall, I felt that it was a worthwhile book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Marley

    Marley is a wonderful,laugh out loud,tear trigger book!
    If you are a dog lover this is a MUST read.
    So,what are you waiting for go read it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    King Mashamoisis

    My name is mashal. But in egypt i am marshamosis, boy king. For all the people that love this book and each book in the series then a blessing i place among you and become a god in the underworld. If you do not like the book then your hearts are filled with wikedness and shall have your hearts eatan by a monster in the afterlife and i place a curse upon you that all words you say will never make sense for the rest of your life... or until i am bored with you.
    P.S never ever will you people touch security! I'm warning you and will feel my wrath.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    Pretty Good!

    Although I highly doubt 11 year olds would still be playing games like this, I thought it was great. The book was very well written. It captivates you from the very beginning! The book kept me guessing again and again. I was so excited when I heard that there was a sequel, though I heard it wasn't as good. I recommend this to girls ages 9-12. I just have a feeling guys wouldn't be into this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

    boring........GREAT!!!!!

    When I first picked up this book, I knew something special was inside. When I began the book, I was bored out of my mind! I immediately wanted to finish reading right then and there. But then I remembered the odd feeling I had when I picked up the novel and kept reading. When I reached the last chapters of the book, I realized I had been right! There is a fantastic, thrilling, ending! I recommend this book to a reader like me, who must finish after they start.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    Okay

    This book was okay but was kind of boring and really dumb at times. I did not like some of the characters. But overall it was an okay book. If you have not read it, you should try it.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Egypt Game

    This book is great for anyone who just wants to sit down for a quick good read. If you or a child is intrested in culture or you want a child to inqure about the world that is availabule and around them this is a great book to read. My entire fourth grade class became so fasinated with Egypt after this book was read during circle time we cheekd out all the books from the libary on Egypt, and our teacher decided to do a month unit on Egypt because we were all so enthralled in it. I am now in college and still remember this book and love the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    WOW!

    This book defiantly tells what a kid sees it's. One of the best books ever written in the 21st century! If you like adventure with a twist of Mystery you'll love this book! I loved it. I'm even turning my tree house into Egypt!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    =]

    when my class first got this book i was like 'oh my god its going to be boring' but then when we finished it, i really liked it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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