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The Egypt Game (1966) is a Newbery Honor -winning novel by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. The story, set in Californiamarker, follows the creation of a sustained imaginative game by a group of children who share an interest in Ancient Egypt. Their bright imaginations inspire the game- but strange, dangerous things happen in their neighborhood.

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April Hall, the daughter of Hollywood singer Dorothea Dawn, is sent to live with her grandmother in Berkeley. Feeling lonely and out of place, she imitates a Hollywood glamour-queen look, but her real interest is archaeology. She makes friends with Melanie Ross, who lives in the same apartment building and shares her fascination with "ancient stuff". In the abandoned back yard of an antique dealer known to locals as "the Professor", the girls build shrines to Isis and Set and enact adventures, temple ceremonies and magic rituals, assisted by Melanie's brother Marshall and later by three more children from the neighborhood.

Someone is murdering little girls in the area, and the Professor is assumed by many to be the killer, because he is a shy loner who keeps to himself. The Egypt Game becomes, indirectly, the key to proving his innocence.


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