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The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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Dec 10, 07

bookshelves: awardwinners, childrensbooks, mysteries, favorites
Recommended for: ages 8-14
Read in January, 1989

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 and true. According to the forward in the new paperback edition, Snyder based all the characters on real kids she knew when she was working as a teacher, and it shows in how well all the characters are depicted. I love this book!
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