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The Golden Goblet

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,226 ratings  ·  617 reviews
Ranofer struggles to thwart the plottings of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become master goldsmith like their father in this exciting tale of ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue.

Newbery Honor Book

Paperback, LCC 8543415, 248 pages
Published 1986 by Penguin Puffin (first published 1961)
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Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
I really liked this book when I was 11, and I really liked this book twenty-one years later. Somehow Eloise Jarvis McGraw makes Ranofer, the main character, easily relatable without turning him into a kid that thinks, talks and acts like a twentieth century American kid who happens to be living in ancient Egypt. To me, that's one of the most annoying things about historical fiction: the author tries to make the main characters more likable by making them just like us, no matter what century or c ...more
Cindy Rollins
This was not the first time I read this out loud. I liked the book but my student loved it. He liked it much better than its companion Mara, Daughter of the Nile by the same author.
Mya Morris
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and thrilling, The Golden Goblet is by far one of the most exciting books I have ever read. Even though I read it a year ago just for fun, it still gave me the goosebumps because of how descriptive the author is. When reading this book, for the second time, i realize how slow it is in the beginning and I feel like I get it a lot more when we read it together. Another thing is that I don't really think that the title matches the book and I think it should be called Ranofer's Life or som ...more
Dawn Beaudrie
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
The rising action of this novel took 14 out of 16 chapters. Once the climax was reached, I found it to be a bit boring. The main character is chased rather quickly through a tomb and then escapes (low suspense during the actual chase). The resolution was wrapped up in the last chapter and I felt letdown after following his awful life, we do not know what happens to his tormentor (only implied). I had to be creative to engage students in the story, thankfully they were motivated by ancient Egypt ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Very readable & modern. I could easily imagine it being published now instead of half a century ago. There's even some humor. And a fantastic (yes, that's the exact word I mean) ending. I mean to say, don't get your hopes up that it's the best book ever, but considering how much about ancient Egypt is in school curricula and also fascinates people, I'm surprised this isn't more widely read.

Luisa Knight
I remember when my mom read this one aloud to us - we simply could not put it down! A great option for an action-packed, family read aloud.

#geography #africa #ancientegypt


Children's Bad Words
Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 5 Incidents: stupid

Name Calling - 40 Incidents: The pig, the son of Set the Devil, Accursed One, Useless One, scum, Worthless One, stupid, Fatherless One, Homeless One, ingrate, brats, Slow-witted One, Spawn of Crocodiles, Tardy One, idler, donkeyhead, Imbecile,
Laura Slusar
Nov 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
HAHA ! I think I'm cheating a bit when I let myself click 'read'.
You see, this book was assigned in my 7th grade history class to read outside of school. No one read it. Okay, a few select people did... (cough*nerds*cough) but I went to a fancy goody two shoes type of middle school... so it was kind of a big deal. Everyone was just like... this book is so boring, I would rather skim over some of it & take the D.

The day of the test came around, and some kids had stayed up all night, reading this
Kyler Bock
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I found it very interesting, it started out slow, but you have to give books time! Mrs, Bushkin, my English teacher, recommended this book to our class. The Golden Goblet started to get more and more interesting as I read on. The main characters in this book fitted their roles perfectly, Ranofer, one of the protagonists, was brave, determined, and kind. On the other hand, Gebu, the main antagonist, was very nasty! He was everything you would expect a villain to be, nasty. crue ...more
Miles Atkinson
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw was a fantastic book. Beautifully and elegantly written, the author used such wonderful descriptions that made the book that much better. While reading this book with my class, I enjoyed the action and suspense that the author offered. I would definitely rate this book five out of five, it was such a fun book to read, I wish there was a sequel.
Olivia Ambrosio
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was fairly interesting with many cliff hangers and good vocabulary. But, the downfall was many problems without a suitable solution. Since I like pleasing endings, this book left me unamused.
Adventurous and edgy, this book is a page turner that grabs your attention, but the beginning is a bit of a bore. Although, it is a book you need to try once in your life.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars! I read it aloud with my kids, we finished two weeks sooner than we were supposed to because we truly couldn’t bring ourselves to stop reading it. We were sad when it was done because we felt as if that meant we had to say goodbye to friends.
Julie Snider
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
My mom read this book to me as a child, and I enjoyed it just as much as I remembered!
This book is set in Thebes in around 1400 BC, right during the reign of the Ancient Egyptians. It goes in-depth into the daily life of the craftspeople and artisans of Ancient Egypt through Ranofer’s experiences as a porter at the goldsmith shop and as an apprentice at the stonecutting shop. Ranofer also makes observations about the daily life of the Egyptians, from the importance of the Nile to the harvest of papyrus to the food they eat. It also does a good job of realistically integrating the ...more
The good:

- The Golden Goblet has a terrific sense of place
- The research is very well-done, and is great for teaching kids about Ancient Egypt.
- The ending is exciting
- Hequet. He is awesome.
- The writing. A well-written story

The average:

- The storyline. It meanders a bit, but is satisfying
- Characters. Fairly typical, a bit flat, but ultimately likeable.

The not-so-good

- Extraneous details/scenes. Is it just me, or are all older children's books like this? This might not be so bad if those scen
Chloe Greeene
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jake Lambdin
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
With suspense and excitement, this book really kept me reading. The only part that i didn't enjoy about this book was the first six chapters. To be honest, it was one of the most boring six chapters I have ever read in my life. Yet, the chapters after that made up for all the boredom. Chapters seven and on were the most exciting chapters of my life. When Ranofer, the main protagonist, opens the chest to find a golden goblet, it was his dream come true. Ranofer could finally turn his evil stepbro ...more
Allison Lundgren
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and suspenseful, this is one of the best books I have read! This story is about Ranofer, a young boy in Egypt, trying to prove that his evil half-brother is a criminal. The events that follow keep you reading and keep you guessing. This book really makes you think about friendship and trusting others, while also teaching you important life lessons on keeping with your passions. Once you read a chapter, your mind will just tell you to read another one. I wish there would have been an epi ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what life was like back in ancient Egyptian times? Twelve-year-old Ranofer knows all too well, and in some cases, he wished he didn't. The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw is a fascinating story on a boy's point-of-view on ancient Egypt. This book was well written, and for sure a page-turner, full of suspense. Although the beginning was a little slow, some parts of The Golden Goblet just won't let you put it down, and for all the right reasons. At these certain parts, ...more
Evan Burnside
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ryan Palmer
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amazing and addicting, I didn't want to stop reading this book. Despite the slow start, this book became mysterious and full of action. As Ranofer tries to get through life with his evil half-brother, suspense build as does danger for Ranofer. This book had so many cliff hangers that you won't want to stop reading.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is great if you are learning about ancient Egypt. It shows the life of Ranofer, young boy, living a difficult life with his wicked half-brother Gebu. Persevering and hopeful, Ranofer learns to survive in the hands of evil Gebu. To be honest, the book is not very exciting in the beginning, but the end the book is a page turner. I couldn't stop reading!
Brooke Hira
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Adventurous and exciting, this book intrigued me from the very beginning. At the end of each chapter the author wrote great cliffhangers that made you want to read more. The author wrote lots of VSS's and changed the sentence structure to keep the book going. Reading this book, I realized that it contained many themes. I highly recommend this book if you love suspenseful and exciting books.
Drake Bair
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw is an exciting, deeply detailed, well plotted, and filled with characters you will fall in love with. This book is a real page turner, when you begin you can't stop because of the cliffhangers hidden within the book.
Sarah Ruut
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have now read this book aloud to my kids twice as part of our homeschool curriculum. They have all enjoyed listening to the story, and we appreciated experiencing a bit of a culture very different from our own.
Kellyn Roth
A pretty good historical fiction set in Egypt. I really enjoyed it - it's one of my favorite settings, and it had a great mystery.
Guy Eustace
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Have you ever wanted to prove someone wrong to follow your dreams? This is just what Rainofer does to Gebu in The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. This historical fiction story takes place in Ancient Egypt over 2,000 years ago. I recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy and quick read. McGraw wants the reader to take away the lesson that one should follow their dreams and become whatever they want to be.

The main characters of this story are Rainofer and his evil half-brother, Gebu.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was suggested reading for my children’s history class. So we began. No library had it in stock so I purchased the audiobook rather than wait a month. There are some things I can wait for - assigned reading is not one of them.

The book began slowly and we all felt dumped into the middle of a world where we couldn’t get our bearings. Who were we taking about and what about all these names, dropped as if we should know them?

And then within a few chapters, “it just clicked,” my daughter sa
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended as suggested literature to study from The Well Trained Mind. As we are using The Story of the World, Vol 1: Ancient Times, it fit right in.
A young boy, a mean step-brother, dreams, new friends, and missing gold set the stage for this journey back in Egyptian times.
In the beginning my 10 year old daughter wasn't the slightest bit interested in reading this book. It didn't take long (3-4 chapters) for her to change her mind. We both looked forward to this being part of
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jf-mystery
This was a great book. I had never read it before, so I'm glad I decided to read it. Historical fiction is not my favorite genre since I have found some of it boring. But, as Cheryl said, this book was very readable, and I did enjoy the mystery aspect of it as mystery one of my favorite genres. I really enjoyed the subtle way the author enlightened the reader about Ancient Egypt's culture, without being didactic or droning on about it. I also loved the ending. I am glad this book was honored by ...more
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Eloise Jarvis McGraw was an author of children's books. She was awarded the Newbery Honor three times in three different decades, for her novels Moccasin Trail (1952), The Golden Goblet (1962), and The Moorchild (1997). A Really Weird Summer (1977) won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. McGraw had a very strong interest in history, and among the many book ...more

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