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The Egypt Game

The Egypt Game

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by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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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


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."


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

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Random House Children's Books
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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.


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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The Egypt Game 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Soulman820 More than 1 year ago
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.
princessKW More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in class then wasent paying attention chapter one and after that i was hoked
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeez will you people just review instead of tellinb people who havent read yet the whose story? Five stars cuz its a good book.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
OCD_Student More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has twist in most chapters. you cant stop reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a couple of years ago, i loved it , as soon as i finised it i was so facinated by it that i went and bought the sequal to it! it's called ' the gypsy game ' . I also loved it. I emailed ms.Snyder and begged her to begin writing another ' game ' book. I really wish they would make of movie of both of these books tehy were a great hit and i loved them...
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Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book my reading group for 5th grade read. When I had honework on it, I forgot my book. But, since it was due the next day, my dad bought it for me on my nook :). With many twists and turns, you have to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To start, just like the main character(s) i love ancient Egypt. I saw this book and I was all like omg omg a fiction book about Egypt!! Then i read it and I was like BEST BOOK EVER!!! I highly reccomed it for ages 9 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You shoukd read and review this book. It is amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TURNERS POV....I woke up in a dark room, strapped to a bed. I looked around but I couldnt see anything. A man who looked like a scientist walked into the room. "He is awake, send him to the Camp" said a voice from the darkness. Suddenly the bed moved forward on wheels. It was pushed through a slanted tunnel, the bed began to build up speed. 10 mph. Then 25. Then 50. Suddenly the tunnel ended. Still strapped down, I fell downwards from the sky. Eventually I reached the surface. From in the sky i could observe the place I was about to crash land in. There were a dozen or so cabins, all arranged in a horshoe shape. There was a fireplace, and another dozen tables. There was also a giant passageway caved into a cliff that led somewhere unknown to me. As the bed collided with the surface, it broke into parts as I was thrown away through the air. I hit the ground with a thud. "Wonder who his parent is?" "Welcome to torture, new guy". That and so many other things were said at once. I rolled over to my back and saw a about 50 other teenagers, male and female. "Welcome to Camp Demigod. There used to be camp half blood, but this is more of a POW camp then a summer camp. My name is Adrien. you?" Said a male teen with curly black hair. "Turner..." i replied, still dazed. "Basically we were all taken from our homes as well. We do what is basically slave labor, and the masters let us live. Your a demigod, just like us. One of your parents is a greek god or goddess." Adrien said. All the information hit me like the train in Asdf movie. "Fine. Just get me out of here." I replied, holding back all the things I wanted to ask. "Sorry dude, your gonna be stuck here for the rest of your life, just like us" Adrien replied sadly. NEXT PART AT Dog result 3.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it plus i got five $dullers$ if you want to reply to money pants.