Episode 43: The Egypt Game

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The Egypt Game

Published in 1967, Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s Newbery Honor-winning book The Egypt Game is the story of April Hall and Melanie and Marshall Ross, three smart, imaginative kids who create their own land of ancient Egypt in the backyard of a mysterious local curio shop. They establish a series of rituals and ceremonies and even go on to welcome three more children into the group (boys included!). In this episode, Alli breaks down the story with debut author Andrea Bartz. Together, they discuss diversity in kid lit, the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation, teasing as a form of flirting and social currency, the importance of imaginative play, bossiness, mental illness, the way we talk to kids about hard things, and more!

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CHECK OUT ANDREA’S BOOK: The Lost Night: A Novel


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“A Second Look: The Egypt Game” (The Horn Book, 2017)

“Danger and Diversity: The Egypt Game” (The Bookshelf of Emily J., 2015)

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