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Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
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Aug 05, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult, historical-fiction, five-stars
Read in January, 1971

I read this book first as a very young girl and I was absolutely captivated! Egypt has always held a special place in my heart because my grandparents used to travel there and their "slide shows" (remember those?) were fascinating. Granted, the story is melodramatic and some have said they found the romance between Mara and Sheftu off-putting for one reason or another, but to me these elements make for the perfect read for a pre-teen girl. I found a copy of this on Amazon recently and re-read it as a 40-something woman with great pleasure. All the characters were as vivid as I remembered them--bold,brave Mara, suave and courtly Sheftu, the shy Babylonian princess, haughty Hatshepsut...I really believe that this story is as valid today as it was when it was first published. Andif it gets a girl interested in reading more about ancient Egypt (as it did me), can that be a bad thing?

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