The Egypt Gameby Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Alton Raible, Alton Raible, Margy Burns
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?
"An increasingly captivating story, which builds to a risky and daring climax."
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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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