Re read I remember playing the same paper doll game that the girls did Still have them Read for summer reading program award winning book. April goes to live with Grandma, her mum has met someone new and is going away for a bit April finds is it hard being deserted by her mum but gradually with the help of Caroline her Grandmother and making a new friend of Elizabeth who lives in an apartment in her block she begins to enjoy life and not constantly long go go back to Hollywood They start a game based on ancient Egypt and soon some others join in Something bad happens in the neighbourhood and there isn t as much freedom for outdoor play as there was.There are some wonderful characters in this story, April who likes to show off her glamorous Hollywood background and wear false eyelashes is also intelligent, thoughtful, brave and compassionate How nice to see some boys who are the class s cool jokers join in and find they really like the imaginative play A wonderful look at children playing outdoors, imaginative play and play that requires a bit of freedom and some risk A happy and climactic ending If I had read this when I was young I would have been recruiting members for an Egypt group ASAP Read on openlibrary @DOWNLOAD EPUB ß The Egypt Game ⛈ 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 The Egypt GameBefore 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 CodeEveryone Thinks It S Just A Game, Until Strange Things Begin Happening To The Players Has The Egypt Game Gone Too Far I loved this as a kid Zilpha was one of my favorite authors in the 80s There was John Bellairs, Judy Blume and Zilpha Synder Back then I couldn t even say her name Headless Cupid was my favorite book back then This was another great of hers.A group of neighborhood children find a building with fun stuff where they come up with a game about Egyptian gods and goddesses They set up alters and even an oracle The game gets real when they start getting real answers back As a kid, I remember this was creepy as hell and I felt so proud to make it through I reread it and it was still spooky and charming I didn t appreciate the diversity growing up with the characters, but Zilpha was rocking back in the 60s I think I need to read her and John Bellairs Zilpha did some good stuff and I should read of catalog Another project.This is still good mystery, still creepy and still really interesting with all the Egyptian references and history It s a fun book I m glad this got the Newberry. When I first came across this book in 1975, I was seven years old and was totally into everything ancient Egypt I d seen the King Tut exhibit twice, read everything both fact and fiction about the civilization and was so geeky that I tought myself to write in hieroglyphics which was fun when it came to passing secret messages Imagine my delight when the wonderful librarian at my elementary school I wish I could remember her name because she helped feed my Egypt fix gave me this book I literally devoured it overnight and re read it as many time as I could before it was due It was the first time I ever considered stealing a library book because I was so in love with it and didn t want to give it back Luckily I didn t have to since she gave it to me.It s a rather simple premise really a bunch of very imaginative kids, most of whom are misfits, get together and create their own ancient Egyptian styled world, complete with homemade costumes and props scrounged from the junk found in the abandoned back area where they created their Egypt There s a creepy old man who runs a thrift antique store and a murder mystery, and even a dark and stormy night.Melanie and her brother Marshall with his stuffed toy octopus , April, Elizabeth, Ken and Toby were the childhood friends I longed for Melanie was me Even now, forty something years later this book feels timeless, even with the anachronistic use of the word negroes which only appears twice in the narrative to describe Melanie and Marshall who are black Hey, this was the late 60 s and yes, we were called negro back then, though black and afro American were slowly coming into wider use This book was written in 1967 during the turbulent 60 s The struggle for equal rights was in full swing What made The Egypt Game stand out from so many books at the time was the ethnic diversity of the characters, something the YA genre is woefully behind on even now When I read about Melanie Ross, it s as if Ms Snyder had been watching me, this geeky black girl with pigtails as my eyes lit up over color it yourself tomb paintings and my cut out pictures of King Tut s funeral mask from National Geographic I had a role model and a kindred spirit With some books, the diversity aspect is just there or just window dressing There are authors who throw in an ethnic character or two and have them do nothing throughout the narrative Ms Snhyder didn t do that These were smart kids from diverse backgrounds who didn t see color as much as they saw kindred spirits in their love of a magnificent ancient culture, and yet they re still kids although perhaps a little smarter than their peers.I ve always dreamed that someone who loved this book as much I do would make this a movie or a series On the other hand, considering Hollywood s penchant for fucking up the most beloved of stories with a few notable exceptions , I m actually glad they haven t I could just imagine the entire cast turned into The Last Airbender type fail Maybe it s best that my beloved and dog eared The Egypt Game stays the magical book it has always been. A Newbury Honor Book Really While this was an interesting story, I found the children to not behave in the manner of actual children speaking wisely beyond their years and with adult emotions emotions we might like them to have, but that for the most part, they do not Interesting to note that the NY Times Book Review quoted on the inside cover says the author presents contemporary children as they talk and act on their own Yeah, I don t think so.The story, whlie interesting, is somewhat choppy Months are covered by a single line, then many paragraphs describe a walk of a few blocks Oh, and in the middle there is casually mentioned a child murderer in the neighborhood A what Yeah, that s what I thought too And then that plot goes away for 1 4 of the novel until returning at the end.I d say it s better than many YA novels I ve read recently, but it was still uneven. There are so many things to like about this extraordinary book that I had somehow missed previously I m actually not sure if I had read it completely through before, probably because it is another novel that I consider over assigned in schools The Egypt Game also carries the burden of being dated It was published in 1967 when kids said neat a lot and had to go to the library to find out about ancient Egypt, instead of looking online No cell phones here Of course, that could be viewed as a plus Imagination is a great thing in long dull hours, but it s a real curse in a dark alley , Snyder tells us, and those words are the key to a story where a darker reality, one not found in most children s books, lurks in the dusty shadows of a town not unlike Berleley, California.What you imagine is never senseless While it can help you escape your troubles, it can t rescue you What can rescue you are friends and protectors Paradoxically, imagination can lead you to them What better theme for a children s novel than the limitations, as well as the saving graces, of imagination.The protagonist of Egypt Game is a delightfully complex sixth grader, April Hall, willful, stubborn, clever, ready to fight at the slightest of challenges, insecure, vulnerable, and the possessor of a powerful and active imagination, and a high sense of drama When her mother decides a singing and acting career comes ahead of a daughter, April resentfully goes off to live with her grandmother.Moving into the Casa Rosada apartment building, though, is the beginning of a close connection with Melanie Ross, the luckiest of friendships for April Melanie is April s match in intelligence and imagination, and far wiser in social matters It is her influence that helps April to negotiate a new home, a new neighborhood, and a new school.April s protectors are found in unlikely places One turns out to be Melanie s self assured and laconic little brother, Marshall Another is located in the same dusty shadows where evil hides.That is just the beginning of an engaging and expansive cast of characters, of different ages and races Snyder manages to instill something evocative and real in even the most minor of them, as well as to impart a sense of wonder about ancient Egypt and its mythology that sparked my curiosity, and made The Egypt Game a good companion piece to The Red Pyramid She also tells a great story.Highly recommended.
I don t find child molestation and murder a fitting, central topic for children s books On top of that, it s a sad testament to the state of our current culture that the murderer can t even be recognized as a bad guy He is labeled as mentally sick and conveyed as in need of our sympathy than judgement As if he was the victim and not the two children he murdered or the third he tries to nab The main character, a girl of ten, has no moral compass and leads her friends into all kinds of things Including pretending they live in ancient Egypt They play act sacrificial blood rituals, worship of the gods, and prophesy and receive omens.And of course, since the book is already dealing with fairly adult issues, why not throw in a dead beat, Hollywood aspiring mom who dumps her daughter at the grandmother s so she can continue unhindered in her pursuits Let s expose kids to the emotional trauma of that too, why not I already had a sort of Egypt fixation when this book was read to me for the first time in 3rd grade But this book took that fixation to a whole new level For years, I read it over and over again Itaffected me Because it implied that I wasn t the only dorky, bespectacled youth out there pouring over books about the mummification process they pulled the brain out through the nose awesome , requesting that their mother construct 3D pyramind birthday cakes, and naming the neighbor s stray cat after her favorite female Pharoah Hatshepsut Strangely enough, though, not many 10 year olds had any interest in memorizing the hieroglyphic alphabet with me.