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The Egypt Game | [Zilpha Keatley Snyder]

The Egypt Game

When Melanie Ross first meets April Hall, she's not sure what to think. What other sixth grade girl wears her blonde hair piled in a twist and flaunts false eyelashes? But when the two girls discover the storage shed outside the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop, they discover they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. Soon the friends create the Egypt Game.
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When Melanie Ross first meets April Hall, she's not sure what to think. What other sixth grade girl wears her blonde hair piled in a twist and flaunts false eyelashes? But when the two girls discover the storage shed outside the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop, they discover they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. Soon the friends create the Egypt Game. Dressed up in costumes, they secretly hold ceremonies and dance in the ghostly interior of the shed. As the number of Egyptians begins to grow, so does their fun. Then one day, strange things begin to happen. Soon the players find themselves deep in a dangerous mystery that threatens to end the Egypt Game for good.

©1967 Zilpha Keatley Snyder; (P)1994 Recorded Books

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    Madeleine CONROE, TX, United States 04-25-13
    Madeleine CONROE, TX, United States 04-25-13
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    "Wonderfully Imaginative!"
    What did you love best about The Egypt Game?

    I felt the author captured the magical way pretending can seem so real, and just "flow" when you are young. Another reviewer called this book upsetting, and I disagree. While part of the book does deal with a mature subject, it is handled in a mature way. Nothing was particularly graphic or seemed added for shock value. Nothing in the book was any worse than what a parent or teacher might say to caution or explain to children about stranger danger. I first read this book when I was in 5th grade, and I didn't find it particularly upsetting, even then. (In contrast, Bruce Coville's "Ghost in the Big Brass Bed", which I read the same summer, upset me very much). Readers should also keep in mind that Zilpha Keatley Snyder's books could be called thrillers for the middle school set. They are supposed to be exciting and atmospheric, but in a tween-friendly way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Egypt Game?

    The Halloween scene, and the moment a character is almost kidnapped.


    Have you listened to any of Alyssa Bresnahan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have also listened to her reading of The Witches of Worm, and White Oleander, as well as a few others. I thought this performance was one of her best. She really sets the tone, and is very expressive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was exciting, funny, and also sweet. It captures childhood in a very real way, and April will be a favorite character of mine forever.


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    M. SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-09-12
    M. SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not for very young. Upsetting subject matter. Children do not really need to read about a serial child killer.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Zilpha Keatley Snyder again?

    Never


    Did Alyssa Bresnahan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good narration


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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