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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  18,758 ratings  ·  770 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...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1967)
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Larissa
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...more
Lars Guthrie
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...more
TheFountainPenDiva
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
Nany
Nov 27, 2007 Nany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jessica (j*&p*)
Jan 18, 2009 Jessica (j*&p*) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
jess
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
Jackie "the Librarian"
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...more
Natalie
When April Hall moved in to the "Casa Rosada" she meets a girl named Melanie Ross. They become best friends and share many interests, including Egypt. Wen they find an old storage yard after reading every book in the library about Egypt, they use old boxes, junk, and their imaginations to make the old yard look like an Egypt temple. They first had just 2 people, but when others come along, the game gets more and more intense, and weird things start happening, will the game have to end?
Nora
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.
Wealhtheow
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.
Any
Sep 10, 2008 Any rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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....more
Kathleen
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...more
Jennifer
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...more
Ardea Smith
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...more
Heather
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...more
Ghoover
The book "The Egypt Game" is a well written and enjoyable children's novel. I remember reading this when I was a kid. It starts off with two friends discovering a storage yard and creating an imaginary world of Egypt with one of the girl's younger brothers. They study and start to recreate their own interpretations of Egypt within this yard and pretty soon several other kids are joining in on their game. The kids are restrained from going to the yard do to a recent murder. One of the main girls,...more
Alisha Painter
The Egypt Game is a book about a group of latchkey kids growing up in the 1970's in California. These kids all live in the same apartment house, Casa Rosada. April comes from Hollywood where she lived with her mother to live with her grandmother, Caroline. Melanie and Marshall live in the apartment house already and are asked to invite April through lunch. In the beginning, they don't have much in common. April looks different with her hair piled on top of her head and false eyelashes, but as th...more
Jasmine Burk
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Rosa
I was expecting this book to be a fantasy of some kind--either straightforward or magical realism. I was actually kind of gratified to see that everything had a logical explanation and that it could easily have actually taken place back in 1968. I do want to acknowledge that parents are way more likely to know where their kids are now and unlikely to let them wander the streets alone, but this is why I tagged it historical fiction. Marking it historical fiction definitely killed me a little bit...more
Shawn Dorn
The Egypt Game is a realistic fiction book written by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. It is about a group of kids that use a storage yard for a place to play. They use their imaginations to create a Egypt type game. Originally it started with just three people then the game grew to five. They decorated the storage yard to make it look like Egypt itself. They created molded gods and later they do rituals through out of the book. Later in the story there becomes a murderer who kills children at night. The...more
Dorothy
It was ok, but the whole storyline of children being kidnapped and the fear they felt in the neighborhood was really disturbing, especially the last few chapters made me not want to allow my children anywhere by themselves. But the story was imaginative just not my favorite book.
Erin
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. :)
Mohammad
This book is very captivating. It is filled with mystery, suspense, and many funny moments. I would recommend it to anyone who would want a break from reading other books.
Dianna Caley
This is a good read for any child who is struggling with a recent move or absent parents. It should also be appealing to any child who likes imagination games.
Bella
Well written. Now that I've read both books and am starting on another novel by Zilpha, The Headless Cupid, I've realized that yes, The Egypt Game is a whole better than The Gypsy Game. And although some people may not notice it, I believe that Zilpha has a soft spot for small children. In The _______ Games, there is Marshall. Very grown up, aside from Security. Brown in color, dimples, who couldn't love the little guy? In the new book, The Headless Cupid, you have Janie, the bossy, "I'm right,...more
Whitney Tran
"The Egypt Game", by Zilpha Keatley Snyder was a great a book. I liked this book because it made me think how people judges others by their appearance, not their personality. For example, when April Hall saw and judged the professor, "She gazed at the Professor in horror.Could it have been? Had he really been the murderer?" (pg.188) This quote explains how April judged and questioned the professor when she saw him. This proves that April judged the professor by his appearance because she though...more
M.
unfortunately doesn't maintain the same abject mystery it did as when i was a child
Christine
This book was honestly a pleasant surprise for me. It had been sitting on my shelf for about a year now, just waiting to be read. And always, I would pick up the book, read the first few pages, and then set it down again.

However, I finally decided to make it beyond the first few pages. And I was surprised to find that once I started reading it, I couldn't set it down. It wasn't the most amazing book I have ever read - but its lovely use of unpredictable foreshadowing is what won it an extra star...more
Alissa
Makes a good follow-up to Rick Riordan's "Red Pyramid"... although not nearly as involved.

I read this one in 3rd grade. It was on the "Banned and Challenged" book display and my parents, always being advocates of allowing me to explore and talk about any and all ideas (even controversial ones), picked it out for me to read. I remember loving it.

Still DO love it, in fact!

True that the way the characters behave is a bit dated and, therefore, kids of today may find it hard to relate (a complaint m...more
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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 younge...more
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