The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder


Four stars, read July 2011.

I think I’ve meant to read this book for pretty much my entire life, but I never got around to it until now. When I was younger I confused it with The Westing Game, which I also never read until a year or two ago; now that I’ve finally read them both, I have to shake my head at the silliness of how long it takes me to get around to some things. I would have loved both of those books as a kid, and I love them a lot now.

The Egypt Game is about a group of unlikely friends—because what other kind is there in a good story?—who are brought together through an “imagining game” that ends up having a much greater effect on reality than they expected. April is a sixth grader who has just been sent to live with her grandmother while her mother, a singer and actor, goes on tour; April meets Melanie, who lives in the same apartment building and shares April’s interest in ancient Egypt. Their imaginations and creative skills are so fun, and I loved the idea of kids being so fascinated with actual history. A very lovely book.

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