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ISBN13: 9781416990512
ISBN10: 1416990518
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The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she's not sure they have anything in common. One look at April's upswept hair, false eyelashes, and ragged fox-fur collar is enough to convince Melanie that April won't have an easy time fitting in with the sixth graders at Wilson School.

But April has some surprises in store, like the fact that she enjoys reading and playing imagination games just as much as Melanie does. The two even discover that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt In a storage yard behind the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop, Melanie and April start to play the Egypt Game.

Before long, there are six Egyptians instead of two. They meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code. Everyone enjoys the game until strange things begin to happen. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?

With a touch of charm and a whole lot of imagination, Zilpha Keatley Snyder transforms an abandoned junkyard into an Egyptian court in this Newbery Honor-winning mystery.

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The deserted storage yard and shed behind the A-Z Antique and Curio Shop becomes the Land of Egypt for April and Melanie, who spend every available moment playing the Egypt game. . . . Eventually other children are drawn into the game which culminates in the capture of a murderer.--"School Library Journal," starred review.

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The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, sheand#8217;s not sure they 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, Melanie and April decide itand#8217;s the perfect spot for the Egypt Game. Before long there are six Egyptians, and they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code. Everyone thinks itand#8217;s just a game until strange things start happening. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?

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This classic 1968 Newbery Honor Book, The Egypt Game, is available in a brand new paperback edition!

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andlt;bandgt;Zilpha Keatley Snyderandlt;/bandgt; is the author of andlt;iandgt;The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid,andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Witches of Worm,andlt;/iandgt; all Newbery Honor Books. She was recently honored with an Edgar nomination for her book andlt;iandgt;The Unseen,andlt;/iandgt; which was a andlt;iandgt;School Library Journalandlt;/iandgt; Best Book and a andlt;iandgt;Parents' Choice Silverandlt;/iandgt; Honor winner. Her most recent books include andlt;Iandgt;The Treasures of Weatherbyandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;The Bronzeandnbsp;Penandlt;/Iandgt;, andandnbsp;andlt;Iandgt;William S.andnbsp;and the Great Escapeandlt;/Iandgt;.andlt;Iandgt;andnbsp;andlt;/Iandgt;She lives in Mill Valley, California. Visit her online at zksnyder.com.

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Home School Book Review, July 9, 2013 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
Eleven-year-old April Hall, who often calls herself April Dawn, is sent by her actress-singer mother Dorothea, to live with her grandmother, Caroline Hall, in a California university town. In the same old California-Spanish apartment house called the Casa Rosada lives the family of Melanie Ross, who is April’s age. Melanie has a four-year-old brother Marshall. April and Melanie end up going to the same sixth-grade class at Wilson School and find that they share a love of all things related to ancient Egypt. In their neighborhood, they come across a deserted storage yard behind the A-Z Antiques store run by an elderly man usually known simply as “The Professor” in which they see some items which they use to begin playing “The Egypt Game,” in which they wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on a secret code. Marshall is brought along too.

Over the next several months, “The Egypt Game” comes to include Elizabeth Chung, a nine-year-old girl whose family also moves into the Casa Rosada, and Toby Alvillar and Ken Kamata, two boys in April and Melanie’s sixth-grade class. However, a couple of terrible murders happen in the neighborhood, one a little boy, and the other a little girl. Sometimes “the Egyptians” feel as if someone is watching them. And then some strange things begin to occur when the children are playing their game. Has “The Egypt Game” gone too far? Will something bad happen to them? Who is responsible for the murders? The Egypt Game, which was a Newbery Honor Book in 1968, is not a book that one would choose to accompany a study of ancient Egypt, like The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw or Shadow Hawk by Andre Norton, but it is a neat story about some children who use their imaginations and have a lot of fun together.

I found it interesting that I had just read Hope Was There, in which a girl named Hope was dumped by her mother on her Aunt Addie, and now in this book April is dumped by her mother on her Grandmother Caroline. It is almost as if there was an epidemic in Newbery Honor Books of mothers abandoning their children. Otherwise, there is not much objectionable. A few common euphemisms (heck, gee, darn) occur, and April utters a couple of “words that Melanie wasn’t allowed to say,” but they are indicated simply by blanks. The children do disobey their parents a few times when they are not supposed to go out but do so to play their game. A belief in the possibility of reincarnation is stated at one point, and the names of some Egyptian idols are found. Parents of small children or children who are especially sensitive and may have bad dreams from seeing or hearing frightening things will want to know that one scene in particular is rather scary and intense, but for most young people it should be no problem. Overall, I felt that it was a worthwhile book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416990512
Author:
Snyder, Zilpha Keatl
Publisher:
Atheneum Books
Illustrator:
Raible, Alton
Author:
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley
Author:
Raible, Alton
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
People & Places - Africa
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Mysteries / Detective
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
game; Egypt; Classic; Newbery; Newbery Honor; award winner; mystery; spooky; Ancient Egypt
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Reprint
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr (w-emboss, foil medal); b-w half
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.62 x 5.12 in 5.635 oz
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 240 pages Atheneum Books - English 9781416990512 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The deserted storage yard and shed behind the A-Z Antique and Curio Shop becomes the Land of Egypt for April and Melanie, who spend every available moment playing the Egypt game. . . . Eventually other children are drawn into the game which culminates in the capture of a murderer.--"School Library Journal," starred review.
"Synopsis" by , The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, sheand#8217;s not sure they 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, Melanie and April decide itand#8217;s the perfect spot for the Egypt Game. Before long there are six Egyptians, and they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code. Everyone thinks itand#8217;s just a game until strange things start happening. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?
"Synopsis" by , This classic 1968 Newbery Honor Book, The Egypt Game, is available in a brand new paperback edition!
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