Mara, Daughter of the Nile

Mara, Daughter of the Nile

by Eloise Jarvis McGraw


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Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

This compelling story of adventure, romance, and intrigue, set in ancient Egypt, was written by the three-time Newbery Honor and Edgar Award winning author Eloise Jarvis McGraw.
Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom in ancient Egypt, under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut. Mara is not like other slaves; she can read and write, as well as speak the language of Babylonian. So, to barter for her freedom, she finds herself playing the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemies—each of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt.
Against her will, Mara finds herself falling in love with one of her masters, the noble Sheftu, and she starts to believe in his plans of restoring Thutmose III to the throne. But just when Mara is ready to offer Sheftu her help and her heart, her duplicity is discovered, and a battle ensues in which both Mara’s life and the fate of Egypt are at stake.
“Dangerous espionage, an unusual love story, and richly drawn background make this a book to capture quick and lasting interest.”—Horn Book
“Thoroughly engrossing.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425291733
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 496,766
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Eloise Jarvis McGraw was an American author of children's books and young adult novels. She won the Newbery Honor three times in three different decades, for her novels Moccasin Trail (1952), The Golden Goblet (1962), and The Moorchild (1997). A Really Weird Summer (1977) won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. McGraw had a very strong interest in history, and among the many books she wrote for children are GreensleevesThe Seventeenth Swap, and Mara, Daughter of the Nile. A Lewis Carroll Shelf Award was given to Moccasin Trail in 1963. She also contributed to the Oz series started by L. Frank Baum; working with her daughter, graphic artist and librarian Lauren Lynn McGraw, she wrote Merry Go Round in Oz (the last of the Oz books issued by Baum's publisher) and The Forbidden Fountain of Oz.

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Mara, Daughter of the Nile 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book several times over the years. It is among my favorites. The setting is ancient Egypt and the story is filled with mystery and intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book since I was 11. It has always been one of my favorites and I am so glad it is now in nook form.
Cross_Rider More than 1 year ago
I am in 9th grade and an avid reader. I have read many books but this is definitely one of the best. It is very simply written and easy to understand, but the plot is exciting, the writing is vivid, and provides a movie-like experience. It has romance, adventure, and suspense. You feel like you are standing there with the characters. There are inward struggles, and outward battles. There is drama, but not so much that it is inappropriate for younger readers. Definitely a must read.
library_girl27 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This was my favorite book from 7th to 9th grade. Mara is a slave who is bought by a mysterious stranger to spy on the pharoh's brother, who is rumored to be organizing a revolt. But on her journey she gets tangled up in events that force her to become a spy for the pharoh's brother. Trying to save her neck and gain her freedom while working for both sides of the fight for the pharohship, Mara discovers what is really important. And finds love in the process. It's a really quick and fun read.
jwl on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This is one of my favorite childhood books ever. Partly because I'm a romantic, partly because I like Egypt in general. Anyway, I am trying to collect all of my favorite books from being a kid and I started with this one.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing 9 days ago
My daughter gets to start out her 8th grade literature class with this book, and it's a pretty darn good one. It's set in ancient Egypt and tells the story of an educated slave girl, Mara, who gets caught up in a plot to overthrow the current pharaoh. The question is, which side is she on? Ah, but that would be telling. Anyway, it's very readable and Ms. McGraw does an excellent job of creating a believable tale. The only weakness is that it's hard for me to believe that a beautiful 17-year old slave girl would be employed as a house slave, rather than as something more degrading. I don't know if that's 1950's sensibilities cleaning up a view of ancient Egypt or my 21st century biases dragging it down into the gutter. Either way, don't let my problems keep you from checking it out.--J.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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DogmamaTX More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as a kid & read it probably 4 or 5 times. It's a really good story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this story to be most enjoyable! A friend lent it to me and, months later, when I decided to read it as a way to put myself to sleep, I ended up staying up until 2 in the morning reading it! It's easy to follow, entertaining, and just a good, adventurous, romantic tale. The characters, particularly Sheftu, are wonderfully difficult to predict. It's made me more interested in the history of ancient Egypt. I'd recommend it to anyone!
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abbysmom52 More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 15 and thought it was the most romantic book ever. Sheftu is a great hero and Mara is a stirring heroine. She risks everything for love and freedom. Can't ask for more than that. The fact that I am now 60 years old and vividly remember this book should say a lot. The publish date must mean the republish date because it is a lot older than that.
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"Mara" is one of the best books I've ever read! I've always been a sucker for adventure-romance, and this DEFINITELY hits the mark. Definitely a page turner, with vivid, alive descriptions and deep characters. Great book, must read!
grisaille More than 1 year ago
I found an old hardcover copy of "Mara" in the local library as a teenager. I've always been interested in ancient Egypt, so I sat down to read it right away. This is a terrific romance/adventure, featuring a feisty heroine and noble, honorable hero. Mara and Sheftu are a great couple, and the supporting characters are equally interesting. My only complaint is that McGraw made Hatshepsut into the villain (she was actually a very good Pharaoh). Still, highly recommended to fans of "The Scarlet Pimpernal," "Zorro" and other classic adventures -- but who are looking for a strong female protagonist.
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Scarlett_Grace More than 1 year ago
I love Egyptology, and Archaeology and this is one of my favorite books I read about the time of my heightened interests in them. It is beautifully written, a novel that touches the soul`s need for adventure. In this book you are taken on a wonderful journey to Ancient Egypt in the days of an undecided future where the fate of a kingdom is unbalanced between Queen Hatshepset and her stepson Thutmose III. In a fiction tale we are introduced to the stubborn, fiery Mara, a slave fighting for freedom, and in her story we are taken into the lives of Ancient Egyptians, and the mysterious workings of a dangerous court. Fun, thrilling, and imaginative, Mara: Daughter of the Nile is a must read.
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