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The Egypt Game (Game #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  25,746 Ratings  ·  1,014 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1967)
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May 16, 2010 Larissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. It...affected 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 ...more
Michael Klein
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 so
Lars Guthrie
Sep 01, 2010 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 more 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 viewe
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 lit ...more
Jessica (j*&p*)
Jan 18, 2009 Jessica (j*&p*) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes kids' books
Shelves: 2009-books
This was my banned book for the WBC challenge. I actually found it buried in a box amongst the Baby-sitters Club, Sweet Valley Twins, A Wrinkle in Time and various other books I collected in my childhood, but I'd never read this one so I decided to pick it up after I saw it listed as a banned book.

It was a cute book about a girl named April, who has come to live with her grandmother whom she hardly knows after her flighty actress mother decides to go on tour sans her 11 year old daughter. Lost
Feb 28, 2012 jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yaf, 2012
I loved this book as a kid. I recently learned there's a sequel, so I decided to re-read the Egypt Game before I read the sequel. I was worried that it wouldn't hold up to my childhood memories. I was especially concerned that the way the kids treat different cultures might come across as flat or awkward or, frankly, xenophobic or bigoted. I'm a lot more sensitive about that stuff these days. I won't champion this book as a bastion of cultural diversity, but I think it was okay / good enough in ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Carleigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
*3.75 stars*
Nov 27, 2007 Nany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephanie, but she already read it!
>>> WARNING, SPOILER ! <<< *I think

This book really has a mixture of fun, sad and scary things ! When I started reading it, which was on my summer vacations, I liked it so much, I couldn't stop reading it. I think I read it in two days. It's so fantastic, how April, Melanie, Marshal, and then Elizabeth, and the two boys Toby and Ken create a society, which grows and grows. This book felt so magic. I spent like 15 min. laughing about Marshall, one of the biggest characters, whe
This rating is based off of how I felt about this book as a child (I think I read it in elementary school). As an adult, I'd give it more of a 2-3*. I.e. I would highly recommend this book for kids, but not for adults. This is largely because the power of imagination, which drives the book, just doesn't resonate with an adult who doesn't engage in imaginative play on a regular basis. That being said, in some ways this book holds up remarkably well for being published in the 1960s, in other ways, ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Gabby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a university town in California, two sixth grade girls named Melanie and April came up with a great idea: when they were studying ancient Egypt, they created a game called The Egypt Game. Soon, their friends Toby, Ken, Elizabeth, and Melanie’s little brother Marshall joined them. Together, they built temples out of cardboard boxes and used various materials to make gods and goddesses. They even got pieces of clothing and unused jewelry to make Egyptian costumes. When they started asking their ...more
Feb 14, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
First published in 1967, this book was written around the time I was the same age as the youngest member of the characters. It was awarded a Newbery Honor in its day and I think I can figure out why. It features a cast of characters that is diverse, and a neighborhood that is a little run down and seedy, and single mothers (and grandmothers) raising their children. Coming off the 1950s Leave It to Beaver Generation, this book would have seemed pretty edgy.

I think it doesn't play as well with cur
Nov 30, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I recall a teacher reading this book, but couldn't quite remember much else. I love Egypt and everything that comes with it. It's a unique culture from a different time, filled with pharaohs, pyramids, and mummies. And the children in this story are equally enthralled with Egyptology.

They go to the library to research it, role play pharaohs, gods, and servants. They even play Egyptians for Halloween. But, while they are having fun...a murderer is on the loose who kills children. The children's
Jackie "the Librarian"
Dec 10, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 8-14
Great book! So many layers - family issues, friendships, imagination, social issues, and creepy suspense. April was such a great character, reacting to feeling abandoned by her mother with her creative use of false eyelashes. Thank goodness Melanie was her friend, and didn't let April wear those eyelashes to school!
I love all the details about the game, with everyone using their imaginations to recreate an Egyptian temple and all the rituals. All the relationships between the kids are so funny
Jan 04, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite books. I must have read it over 20 times and still have my well-worn copy. I was fascinated with Ancient Egypt as a child (the first job I ever dreamed about having was an Egyptologist) and I dreamed of having a group of friends with which to play an imagination game like this with, but none of my friends had as much of an interest in Egypt as I had. I ended up decorating my room with Egyptian knick knacks that I'd find at random stores and get as gifts instead.
Victoria Tkach
Feb 27, 2016 Victoria Tkach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars
Mar 25, 2016 Tena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book was one of only three books I remember reading in 6th grade. Instead of reading many books that year, I read the same three (The Egypt Game, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and The Pistachio Prescription) over and over and over. The Egypt Game is a little outdated now, but the heart of the story is still the same. It's about kids using their minds for play instead of electronics or TV. Those were my favorite games when I was young... getting caught up in my own imagination with my brother ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I remembered reading this in 6th grade and not liking it/thinking it was very weird, but not remembering anything else about it. So when it came to my head the other day, I grabbed it from the library. Turns out I was right. It was weird/not good. :)
Jan 26, 2008 Nora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All small people should read this book. I was obsessed with this in 4th grade, when I was sure I was going to grow up to be an archeologist. The book convinces kids that history is awesome. Which it is.
Dec 19, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A ragtag group of children form a secret society, complete with an oracular statue, in an abandoned lot. To this day, I eye abandoned lots in the hopes of having my own Egypt Game.
Micky Luo
Jan 04, 2015 Micky Luo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book by looking around my house for books to read. One thing that impressed me was that the book had to do with looking into suspense. A quote that supports this, "Mrs. Ross suggested that April might like to look over Melanie's books to see if there was anything she'd like to borrow," (Snyder 28). This shows that when you want to read a book, you will want to read on because the author builds suspense to make you want to find out what happens next. This helps me because it will be ...more
Namitha Varma
An enjoyable story, though I wish I read this at least 20 years earlier. It'd have given my imagination a great boost if I'd read it in my childhood. However, this reminded me of the "pretend games" I myself used to play - apart from the house game where I'd be the mother or the daughter or the sister - especially the one that involved a whole universe of uber-tiny people who lived inside walls and wood (which I imagined to be hollow inside for these people to populate), and one of them, Libu, w ...more
Catherine  Mustread
Dec 01, 2014 Catherine Mustread rated it liked it
Shelves: award, childrens
A Newbery Honor book in 1968 when the winner was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler byE.L. Konigsburg, this book seems dated and probably not all that appealing to today's young readers who are accustomed to other forms of entertainment than playing in a vacant lot, especially with children in the neighborhood having disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Still, a good read for those interested in quality children's literature for 4th-6th graders.
Sep 10, 2008 Any rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nathalie Cnca
Recommended to Any by: Sarah
Have you ever thought of the Egypt game?
In the Egypt Game April and Melanie envent a game called THE EGYPT GAME.The game takes place at the Casa Rosada or the Pink House.The a little girl gets killed.So the Egypt gand can not finish their journey to Egypt.Do you think the Egypt Gang will finish their game?
In the dark trashy alley is were the egypt game all started.Melanie and April were very intrested in Egypt,so they started a game focesed on Egypt and they made a gang called THE EGYPT GANG.
Ardea Smith
Sep 07, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-log
Title / Author / Publication Date: The Egypt Game/Zilpha Keatley Snyder/1967

Format: Paperback

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Plot Summary:
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: For any kid who has ever found a dusty attic and made it a castle, or a part of the backyard and made it a fairyland, The Egypt Game is for them. The story revolves around two young girls who share a mutual love of hieroglyphics, pyramids, and Egyptology. While walking home one day they discover a loose plank in a fe
I chose this book for the Heather and Peter Book Club of Two because Peter read (and loved) The Westing Game based on my recommendation and most book sites recommend this title if you dug that book. I liked the idea of both of us reading a book for the first time. His mom had read it and gave her approval, so we were off to the races.

On the plus side, the children's relationships are REALLY well-drawn here. Snyder handles well the notion of loving a friend but being embarrassed by them, or wanti
My kids are enjoying this audiobook, but I'm not a fan of the narration. It's too slow and lacking in animation to hold my interest. I thought I didn't like the story, but when left the audio to the kids and started reading the book on my own, I enjoyed it much more. Review of the non-audio book to follow.
Aug 11, 2015 Caylina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I read this when I was younger and it was so good! I loved this book!
Feb 05, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A re-read of a middle school favorite. So much fun to revisit April and Melanie in Egypt. A great read for young and old alike.
Mar 23, 2015 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this was written in 1967, I felt like it was a story that could take place today. The main characters were filled with the creativity and imagination that I wish I would have had as a child. In fact, if I was still 10 years old, I'm sure I would have been inspired by this book to make my own Egypt. This book was recommended to me by my 11 year old son who also loved it.
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The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for "The Egypt Game," "The Headless Cupid," and "The Witches of Worm," Zilpha Keatley Snyder has been writing books for children since 1964 when her first book, "A Season of Ponies," was published. Since that time she has completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for young ...more
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