The Golden Goblet

The Golden Goblet

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by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
     
 

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Ranofer struggles to thwart the plotting of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become a master goldsmith like their father in this exciting tale of Ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue.  See more details below

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Ranofer struggles to thwart the plotting of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become a master goldsmith like their father in this exciting tale of Ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue.

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Praise for the Newbery Honor book, The Golden Goblet

"Exceptionally vivid, swiftpaced, and stirring."—The Horn Book

"An exhilarating story of the arduous fulfillment of a boy's dream . . . We are given a most worthy hero in Ranofer, one who struggles with his own fears and ideals, who smarts under his own cowardice, but who finds the power to rise to his own strength. This plus the vividly detailed setting make the book an excellent choice."—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Ranofer’s life has been a struggle ever since the death of his beloved father Zutra, a goldsmith by trade. Ranofer loved nothing more than learning about the delicate art form from his father, while he dreamed of a future that was filled with making golden handiwork fine enough to grace the necks of the queens and kings of ancient Egypt. These dreams were dashed when Ranofer finds out that he has a stepbrother named Gebu and that Gebu has inherited his father’s goods and now owns Ranofer. Gebu is a stonecutter and seems up to no good when Ranofer discovers that gold is missing from his place of work and he suspects that Gebu is working with Ibney, the winemaker and that they are perhaps smuggling gold out in wine skins that Ranofer is forced unknowingly to deliver to his evil brother. Just when Ranofer finally makes a friend named Hecate at work, his brother forces him to quit and become an apprentice stonecutter. Ranofer knows that his brother will kill him if he mentions his thoughts about the thievery, because he has been beaten for far less, but he cannot just let him get away with this, plus it seems like Gebu may have his eyes on a far more golden prize. Ranofer works with Hecate and an elderly man that he’d met in the papyrus fields and the three play detective to find out what the evil Gebu has planned while the rest of Thebes will be at the High Nile Feast. A riveting audiobook that Charles Carroll brings to life immersing the listener into the City of the Dead while teaching in such an interesting way, what life would be like three thousand years ago. I especially enjoyed the superstitions, pyramids and suspense. What a wonderful story of the past utilizing characters that the reader can really root for. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan; Ages 9 to 12.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780734296
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
05/28/1986
Series:
Puffin Newbery Library
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
596,699
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Eloise Jarvis McGraw (1915-2000) was a writer for more than fifty years and was the author of more than twenty children's books. She has won many honors and awards for her books, including the Newbery Honor, which she was given for her books Moccasin Trail (1952), The Golden Goblet (1962), and The Moorchild (1997). Eloise Jarvis McGraw died at the age of 84 in Portland, Oregon, on November 30, 2000.

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Golden Goblet 3.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, what's going on? I've seen all these TERRIBlE reviews for the book. It's a great book! Just because it's historical fiction and takes place about 3000 years ago doesn't make it boring! It's a wonderful book! The only bad part about it is the cover. Very bad cover. I have an older copy and the cover is SO MUCH BETTER. Oh and by the way, I'm doing this for my book report. If you're one of the few people who actually APPRECIATE Ms. Mcgraw, then read Moccasin Trail. It's great too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book captured me from the start. I read the book through in one sitting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book ever since I first read it more than 15 years ago. It's one of those few books that I've read over and over, and it still manages to intrigue and captivate me every time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom read this book to my siblings and I as kids. We were fascinated with it. I have re-read it many times and still am captured by the language and plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It gives you the feel of ancient Egypt. Possibly it's a little difficult for a poor student.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! My teacher has been reading it during school, because we're currently on the study of Egypt. And honestly, it helped me pass my test. I don't know why so many people are saying this book is boring. They say that they're readers and all, but if you're a reader, you have to have a taste of all genres. You shouldn't read this because because you have to, you should read this book because you want to. By reading The Golden Goblet, I swear my vocabulary has improved about fifty times - and trust me, I am a very literate person. In all honesty, just because it's historical fiction and it's placed in ancient Egypt, that doesn't mean it puts you to sleep. Because based on the reactions the class has been giving my history teacher, it definitely isn't a snore. This book has had us all on the edges on our sits, begging our teacher to not stop reading when she does. And please! If you have only gotten through half of the book, then you are so not qualified to even consider this book boring. Because seriously, what book is going to give away the whole plot in the first six chapters (there are only about 14 chapters in this book)? Most certainly not any mystery book I've read. Keep in mind that this is also mystery and suspense. You can't consider this book mystery and suspense if you spill all of Gebu's intentions in the first half of the book. No, you're supposed to go through the whole book, wondering what the hell is going on, and then when you get to the end, you end up slapping yourself in the forehead because you didn't realize it any sooner. I am not one for historical fiction, (in fact, I have only found two historical fictions book interesting to me - other than this book) and yet this book surprised me. I was seriously not looking forward to read it, but it proved me wrong, that's for sure. You say the writing in this story was so terrible? Try writing a historical fiction, and let's see how well you right it. I can guarantee you that most of you reviewers who say this author's writing is so bad will come out with crap stories. And seriously, if you critique someone else's writing in a published book, don't you think you should know how to write, too? Remember, writing includes the basic grammar and spelling skills. And to be honest, most of the one-star-people on here can't even spell horrible or sentence or please, and I think please is a dead giveaway. Maybe I'm just being hardcore or whatever, but I'm just giving my opinion. I'm just sick of people making fun of books they don't even finish. It's irritating. Even if I don't like a book, I still finish it. I think the author deserves that much. I mean, they finished a book, didn't they? They deserve some credit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when i was in 6th grade as a class. I am now 17 and i have been looking for this book for a long time. i am going to order it because i remember i loved it so much. I am a real history and English junkie so this book is a great choice. The plot is exciting and suspensful. It teaches some about egypt history. the climax made me never want to stop reading it. (remember this was when i was in 6th grade.) If you are looking for a good book for your child this, I think, would sufice.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Golden Goblet is adventurous mystery by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. It has received a Newberry Honor, and Kirkus review said it was ¿¿an excellent choice.¿ However, I disagree the action was usually quite slow. But, it did have some interesting points to it. I think Eloise Jarvis McGraw did a fantastic job on describing scenes in the book-but not all theses scenes were very important, making the book a slight drag. For example: ¿The man¿s servility disgusted him, and so did his cheese-white hands with their dirty nails, and the stained teeth he revealed in his constant grin.¿ There is some old-fashioned humor, and very precise and descriptive words, depicting the scenes beautifully. This book takes place in Ancient Egypt, in the city of Thebes, just beside the Valley of the Kings. In this city lives a poor orphan named Ranofer, who despises his half brother Gebu, who beats and underfeeds him. He works as a lowly porter at a goldsmith shop, and would love to be goldsmith, but his selfish half-brother doesn¿t want to spend his money on apprenticing Ranofer to the goldsmith, Rekh. Soon, he starts suspecting that Gebu is stealing small amounts of gold, but he can¿t figure out how to prove Gebu guilty. His new friend, Heqet helps him, but just as everything was going well, Gebu apprentices Ranofer to himself. And later he realizes Gebu is up to something again- and it¿s up to Ranofer to stop him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first few chapters are very boring, but as you read on, they get exciting and adventurous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was so stupid and would not recommened it to anyone in their right mind. the one thing that irks me is that some people get on and review this book and say that it was poorly written when they can't write for crap!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was a littel ruff around the edges but it was outstanding !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! It is the most wonderful book you could possibly imagine. The plot is amazingly attention grabbing and it had just enough twists and turns. The ending is quite a surprise and it is definitely not what I expected. This book kept me on the edge of my seat for six hours straight! I could NOT put it down! I loved it and you should definitely read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read it for school and i seriously had to FORCE myself to read it, I didn't even finish it. All it tells about is a boy who hates his half-brother and lives in Egypt, its not interesting at all and noting happens
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read it for school but almost fell asleep over the nonexsistant plot,boring characters and lack of details or excitement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book stinks. I hate the story and the characters. It has no change in the adventure. It's always Ranofer upset and hungry and lonely and afraid of Gebu. No one cares. what is the point of the book then! terrible u can read it if u want but i do not recommend
Guest More than 1 year ago
i dont like this book it is really boring and has no exciting adventures i dont reccomend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didnt like this book at all. it was confusing and didnt make any sence. I loved to read books but now I dont.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was crazy it talks about some less fortunate boy then things get worst but then he meets this crazy old man and this boy and they go to this hideout once everyday and do what ever they want and share food like siblings it is crazy better than harry potter its crazy, just plain crazy
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was crazy the way his brother Gebu used him to steal. This book was so cool i didnt even eat just to finsih it i loved it you must read it, it is something nobody should miss out on
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully educational book based in ancient Egypt. It has the classic mixture of history, mystery, and suspense. If you teach 5th,6th,7th,or 8th grade this is the book for you. It is the story of a boy named Ranofer who must prove that his evil half brother Gebu is a theif so he can follow in his dead father's footsteps and become a master goldsmith. Thanks alot Mrs. Lowery for letting me read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had to read this book as a book report and mycteacher only gave me 4 weeks it was a relly good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Golden Goblet is a book with many adventures. I think when you read the first chapter you can't stop reading it. I read this book with my class and teacher. It had alot of chapters, but they were all so intresting.