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Egypt Game

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder  |  Grades: 4-7  |  Ages: 8-12 

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

A group of children, entranced with the study of Egypt, play their own Egypt game, are visited by a secret oracle, become involved in a murder, and befriend the Professor before they move on to new interests, such as Gypsies.

The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she's not sure they 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, Melanie and April decide it's the perfect spot for the Egypt Game. Before long there are six Egyptians, and they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code. Everyone thinks it's just a game until strange things start happening. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?


"An increasingly captivating story, which builds to a risky and daring climax." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Tailor-made for children who love the thought of rambling mansions, garden mazes, and hidden treasure." -- Booklist


Newbery Honor Book

A Biographical Note About Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1927-2014) is the author of The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm, all Newbery Honor Books. Her most recent books include The Treasures of Weatherby, The Bronze Pen, William S. and the Great Escape, and William's Midsummer Dreams. Visit 

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