Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
April Hall - or April Dawn, as she likes to think of herself - has just moved in with her grandmother. She quickly makes friends with Melanie, a girl who lives in the same apartment building. Both girls love making up stories and imaginary worlds, and it isn't long before they've created an entire fictional landscaped based on Egyptian mythology. Over time, other children join in the game, but when mysterious things start happening, have they taken the Egypt Game too far?
Reading this book was sort of unsettling because I had no idea where the story was headed. I really felt like anything could happen - and given the dark undertones present in the story, I was prepared for the worst. The incident around Marshall (Melanie's brother)'s missing toy Octopus, Security, was really well-done in terms of plotting, atmosphere, and suspense. I'm not sure how well the original illustrations have held up in the decades since the book was first published (although I did love the image of April in her furs and fake eyelashes).
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott