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The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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Jul 11, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: amazing

Another book I reread so I could give it to my kid. I'm glad I did, because it was written in the sixties and some of the racial terminology requires some contextual explanation.

That having been said, this book is fully awesome. The characters are wonderfully multi-dimensional, and their problems and the ways they learn to relate to each other describe the complexities of humanity better than any of my patented Boring Incessant Lectures. Difficult topics are delicately treated, but without depriving them of their impact.

On top of all of that, the plot is extremely well-crafted. The line between magic and reality is excitingly blurred without being absurd (hey, that rhymed!). The kids use their imagination to create a whole world for themselves (I couldn't think of a non-lame way to phrase that last sentence). It really is a wonderful book, a must-read for everybody.

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