The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Series: Game #1
Also in this series: The Gypsy Game
Published by Turtleback Books on July 7th 2009
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
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The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she's not sure they'll have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop, Melanie and April decide it's the perfect sport for the Egypt Game.
Before long there are six Egyptians instead of two. After school and on weekends they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code.
Everyone thinks it's just a game, until strange things begin happening to the players. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?
The writing was simple, but not bad.
I love this book. The Egypt Game reminds me of what I used to do when I was a kid- except we were Native Americans instead. It’s like magic, but with imagination. But things got pretty real towards the end of the book- things happened in the game, and in real life. I think part of the message is that you can’t live in an imaginary world forever. Real life waits for no one.
I thought it was really neat how diverse the group was. Different races, ages, genders, personalities- it was a crazy mix. But I still felt like there was something keeping them from being a group. The relationships weren’t all that great, because there was a whole girls vs. boys thing. Mostly because the girls- April especially- had a boys-are-stupid attitude throughout the book. They were in the group with the boys, but I didn’t ever get the feeling that they were really friends. In fact, April herself was just difficult. She was just so mean and loved to pick fights and get physical. And she had a reason for that- she was basically abandoned by her mother- but she never grew from it. There was no character development there.
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Less than perfect:
I loved this book just as much now as when I was a kid. It was magic of the imagination, and the message and characters were really great. The only problems were the main character, April, and the relationships between the girls and boys. Would I read more by this author? Yes. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes.