The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Posted December 6, 2014 in Book Review / 2 Comments

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley SnyderThe 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
Pages: 215
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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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?

Main Points
Writing Style:
 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.
Good vs. Bad
  • writing
  • plot
  • characters
  • message
Less than perfect:
  • April
  • relationships
Bottom Line
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.

About Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for “The Egypt Game”, “The Headless Cupid” and “The Witches of Worm”, Zilpha Keatley Snyder has been writing books for children since 1964 when her first book, “A Season of Ponies”, was published. Since that time she has completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for younger children and a book of poetry.

Overall: five-stars


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Haha the cover is so adorable – very very Egyptian :))

This sounds like a pretty interesting book to read. I’m sorry that April isn’t a very likable character, though. But nonetheless, I’m glad you enjoyed the book :D I like how it’s set in Egypt, though!

Also, I realized you changed your banner. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!! it’s very Christmas-y. Great job :>


Hey Jillie (: The cover is pretty cool, but for some reason they didn’t have the edition with the cover that I own /: weird.
It’s really very good. And it’s not set in Egypt- they’re only pretending! Haha. And I always seem to have a problem with main characters. But hey, if a main character isn’t completely likable or relatable, the book’s not going to do very well. I was able to get around it with this one because there were so many other characters with major roles.

Thanks!!! Ashley made me 8 of them, and this is the winter one. :D I love it too!