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3rd Apr '13 3:07:44 AM Xtifr
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1968 Newbery Honor book by Zilpha Keatley Snyder about a group of children who play AncientEgypt in the backyard of the local MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold, known only as "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Professor]]." The "Egypt gang" consists of:

* April Hall: A DefrostingIceQueen with a FreudianExcuse. Like most of the Egyptians, she is eleven years old and in the sixth grade.
* Melanie Ross: CheerfulChild and TeamMom. Has an OddFriendship with April.
* Marshall Ross: Melanie's preschool-aged brother. A TagalongKid and InnocentProdigy who drags around a CompanionCube.
* Elizabeth Chung: A NaiveNewcomer and [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] two years younger than April and Melanie.
* Toby Alvillar: Initially a JerkJock in April and Melanie's class, he later joins the Egypt Game and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold turns out not to be so bad after all]].
* Ken Kamata: Forms ThoseTwoGuys with Toby. Ken seems to be a follower and is thus apparently content to go along with whatever Toby wants. His [[CatchPhrase favorite word]] appears to be "[[GoshDangItToHeck sheesh!]]"

But all is not well in their neighborhood when two children are murdered and [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion everyone thinks "The Professor" is behind it]]. What, you didn't think a Newbery book would be free of [[DeathByNewberyMedal death]], did you?

Followed by a {{Sequel}}, ''The Gypsy Game'', some thirty years after the original.
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!!Provides examples of:
* AdultFear: The serial child killer. The kids (naturally) don't take the issue very seriously and are [[SkewedPriorities mostly just upset that their playtime has been ruined]].
* AsianAirhead: Elizabeth might count, although her naïveté is attributed to her being two grades below April, Melanie, Toby, and Ken.
* CluelessMystery
* ComicBookTime: ''The Egypt Game'' seems to take place in the '60s. ''The Gypsy Game'' begins the moment its predecessor left off, but seems to take place in the '90s.
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: "The Professor" for the child murders.
* CurtainClothing: At one point, Melanie makes Egyptian robes for everyone using old curtains.
* DeathByNewberyMedal
* DefrostingIceQueen: April. It's not too hard to defrost her, though. Just let her get bored with her JerkassFacade.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "The Professor". [[spoiler:At the end, it's revealed that his real name is Dr. Julian Huddleston, although he still prefers to be called "The Professor".]]
* TheFashionista: April tries being one.
* FiveTokenBand: April and Toby are white, Melanie and Marshall are black, and Elizabeth and Ken are Asian. But SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped. The novel was written back when Uhura was making waves by sitting on the bridge of the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Enterprise]]'' and saying "Hailing frequencies open, sir."
* FreeRangeChildren: A DeconstructedTrope. The novel was written in 1967 and this trope is played straight until the murder of a child in the neighborhood causes the adults to temporarily be overprotective. In other words, exactly the way they are all the time nowadays. [[spoiler:And at the end, April is almost killed by the murderer when she goes down to Egypt at night.]]
* GirlsHaveCooties: April and Melanie are still holding onto the "boys are gross" mindset at eleven years old, which was considered normal at the time.
* HalloweenCosplay. Well, sort of anyway.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: "The Professor".
* NarrativeProfanityFilter
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The setting is an unnamed "large university town in California", which is almost certainly Berkeley or a fictional version thereof. (Incidentally, Zilpha Keatley Snyder once taught at the University of California at Berkeley.)
* ParentalAbandonment: Melanie, Marshall, and Ken are the only kids to have both parents and that's with Melanie and Marshall being siblings.
** DisappearedDad: April and Elizabeth's fathers died pre-story.
** MissingMom: Toby's mother. April's mother is still living, but, well, see below...
* ParentsAsPeople: April's self-absorbed mother Dorothea sends her to live with her grandmother Caroline, promising her this will be a very temporary arrangement. Months pass, Dorothea doesn't write much, doesn't send for April when she said she would, and finally sends a letter explaining how she ''[[ParentWithNewParamour freakin' got married]]'' without her daughter and is now living in an apartment with her new husband. All the while, April gets to come to the slow and painful realization that she has essentially been abandoned.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PrettyInMink: April
* SecurityBlanket: Marshall with a stuffed octopus actually named [[MeaningfulName Security]].
* SequelHook: "Melanie, what do you know about Gypsies?" It took thirty years in real time for Melanie to answer "Not very much, I guess. Why?"
* TheSixties
* TeamMom: Melanie
* TrueCompanions: The Egypt gang.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Ken and Toby
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1968 Newbery Honor book by Zilpha Keatley Snyder about a group of children who play AncientEgypt in the backyard of the local MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold, known only as "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Professor]]." The "Egypt gang" consists of:

* April Hall: A DefrostingIceQueen with a FreudianExcuse. Like most of the Egyptians, she is eleven years old and in the sixth grade.
* Melanie Ross: CheerfulChild and TeamMom. Has an OddFriendship with April.
* Marshall Ross: Melanie's preschool-aged brother. A TagalongKid and InnocentProdigy who drags around a CompanionCube.
* Elizabeth Chung: A NaiveNewcomer and [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] two years younger than April and Melanie.
* Toby Alvillar: Initially a JerkJock in April and Melanie's class, he later joins the Egypt Game and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold turns out not to be so bad after all]].
* Ken Kamata: Forms ThoseTwoGuys with Toby. Ken seems to be a follower and is thus apparently content to go along with whatever Toby wants. His [[CatchPhrase favorite word]] appears to be "[[GoshDangItToHeck sheesh!]]"

But all is not well in their neighborhood when two children are murdered and [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion everyone thinks "The Professor" is behind it]]. What, you didn't think a Newbery book would be free of [[DeathByNewberyMedal death]], did you?

Followed by a {{Sequel}}, ''The Gypsy Game'', some thirty years after the original.
----
!!Provides examples of:
* AdultFear: The serial child killer. The kids (naturally) don't take the issue very seriously and are [[SkewedPriorities mostly just upset that their playtime has been ruined]].
* AsianAirhead: Elizabeth might count, although her naïveté is attributed to her being two grades below April, Melanie, Toby, and Ken.
* CluelessMystery
* ComicBookTime: ''The Egypt Game'' seems to take place in the '60s. ''The Gypsy Game'' begins the moment its predecessor left off, but seems to take place in the '90s.
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: "The Professor" for the child murders.
* CurtainClothing: At one point, Melanie makes Egyptian robes for everyone using old curtains.
* DeathByNewberyMedal
* DefrostingIceQueen: April. It's not too hard to defrost her, though. Just let her get bored with her JerkassFacade.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "The Professor". [[spoiler:At the end, it's revealed that his real name is Dr. Julian Huddleston, although he still prefers to be called "The Professor".]]
* TheFashionista: April tries being one.
* FiveTokenBand: April and Toby are white, Melanie and Marshall are black, and Elizabeth and Ken are Asian. But SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped. The novel was written back when Uhura was making waves by sitting on the bridge of the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Enterprise]]'' and saying "Hailing frequencies open, sir."
* FreeRangeChildren: A DeconstructedTrope. The novel was written in 1967 and this trope is played straight until the murder of a child in the neighborhood causes the adults to temporarily be overprotective. In other words, exactly the way they are all the time nowadays. [[spoiler:And at the end, April is almost killed by the murderer when she goes down to Egypt at night.]]
* GirlsHaveCooties: April and Melanie are still holding onto the "boys are gross" mindset at eleven years old, which was considered normal at the time.
* HalloweenCosplay. Well, sort of anyway.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: "The Professor".
* NarrativeProfanityFilter
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The setting is an unnamed "large university town in California", which is almost certainly Berkeley or a fictional version thereof. (Incidentally, Zilpha Keatley Snyder once taught at the University of California at Berkeley.)
* ParentalAbandonment: Melanie, Marshall, and Ken are the only kids to have both parents and that's with Melanie and Marshall being siblings.
** DisappearedDad: April and Elizabeth's fathers died pre-story.
** MissingMom: Toby's mother. April's mother is still living, but, well, see below...
* ParentsAsPeople: April's self-absorbed mother Dorothea sends her to live with her grandmother Caroline, promising her this will be a very temporary arrangement. Months pass, Dorothea doesn't write much, doesn't send for April when she said she would, and finally sends a letter explaining how she ''[[ParentWithNewParamour freakin' got married]]'' without her daughter and is now living in an apartment with her new husband. All the while, April gets to come to the slow and painful realization that she has essentially been abandoned.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PrettyInMink: April
* SecurityBlanket: Marshall with a stuffed octopus actually named [[MeaningfulName Security]].
* SequelHook: "Melanie, what do you know about Gypsies?" It took thirty years in real time for Melanie to answer "Not very much, I guess. Why?"
* TheSixties
* TeamMom: Melanie
* TrueCompanions: The Egypt gang.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Ken and Toby
----
[[redirect:Literature/TheEgyptGame]]
3rd Mar '13 2:41:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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* DeadLittleSister: [[spoiler:The Professor's backstory involves the dead wife version.]]
1st Jul '12 2:43:09 PM nombretomado
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* FiveTokenBand: April and Toby are white, Melanie and Marshall are black, and Elizabeth and Ken are Asian. But SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped. The novel was written back when Uhura was making waves by sitting on the bridge of the ''[[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Enterprise]]'' and saying "Hailing frequencies open, sir."

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* FiveTokenBand: April and Toby are white, Melanie and Marshall are black, and Elizabeth and Ken are Asian. But SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped. The novel was written back when Uhura was making waves by sitting on the bridge of the ''[[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Enterprise]]'' and saying "Hailing frequencies open, sir."
17th Dec '11 5:08:28 AM Camacan
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* SecurityBlanke: Marshall with a stuffed octopus actually named [[MeaningfulName Security]].

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* SecurityBlanke: SecurityBlanket: Marshall with a stuffed octopus actually named [[MeaningfulName Security]].
17th Dec '11 5:08:06 AM Camacan
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* ConvictedByPublicOpinion ("The Professor" for the child murders)
* CurtainClothing (at one point, Melanie makes Egyptian robes for everyone using old curtains)

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* ConvictedByPublicOpinion ("The ConvictedByPublicOpinion: "The Professor" for the child murders)
murders.
* CurtainClothing (at CurtainClothing: At one point, Melanie makes Egyptian robes for everyone using old curtains)curtains.



* HalloweenCosplay (well, sort of anyway)
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold ("The Professor")
* {{Nakama}} (the Egypt gang)

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* HalloweenCosplay (well, HalloweenCosplay. Well, sort of anyway)
anyway.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold ("The Professor")
* {{Nakama}} (the Egypt gang)
MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: "The Professor".



* SecurityBlanket[=/=]CompanionCube (Marshall with a stuffed octopus actually named [[MeaningfulName Security]])

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* SecurityBlanket[=/=]CompanionCube (Marshall SecurityBlanke: Marshall with a stuffed octopus actually named [[MeaningfulName Security]])Security]].


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* TrueCompanions: The Egypt gang.
10th Nov '11 12:29:31 PM LouieW
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* Marshall Ross: Melanie's preschool-aged brother. A TagalongKid and [[TheLinus Linus]] who drags around a CompanionCube.

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* Marshall Ross: Melanie's preschool-aged brother. A TagalongKid and [[TheLinus Linus]] InnocentProdigy who drags around a CompanionCube.
13th Sep '11 8:15:54 PM Twentington
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* [[ToyShip Toy(kinda)Ship]] : April and Toby seem to have early stages of BelligerentSexualTension going on. Aww.
4th Aug '11 1:18:57 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* GirlsHaveCooties: April and Melanie are oddly still holding onto the "boys are gross" mindset at eleven years old, which is normally about when female puberty sets in.
*** Actually, not odd behavior at all for eleven-year-olds in the 1950s and 1960s, for the societal expectation was that boys would tease girls until they cried (but not play with them, heavens!) and girls would want to avoid boys (because they teased and played rough, mercy me!). Add in the fact that puberty would have been thought of as about fourteen, that there was no concept of "tweens" then, and that an eleven-year-old of the era would have been thought of as far too young to be interested in sex, dating, etc., and their behavior makes more sense.

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* GirlsHaveCooties: April and Melanie are oddly still holding onto the "boys are gross" mindset at eleven years old, which is normally about when female puberty sets in.
*** Actually, not odd behavior
was considered normal at all for eleven-year-olds in the 1950s and 1960s, for the societal expectation was that boys would tease girls until they cried (but not play with them, heavens!) and girls would want to avoid boys (because they teased and played rough, mercy me!). Add in the fact that puberty would have been thought of as about fourteen, that there was no concept of "tweens" then, and that an eleven-year-old of the era would have been thought of as far too young to be interested in sex, dating, etc., and their behavior makes more sense.time.



* TeamMom (Melanie)
* ThoseTwoGuys (Ken and Toby)

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* TeamMom (Melanie)
TeamMom: Melanie
* ThoseTwoGuys (Ken ThoseTwoGuys: Ken and Toby)Toby



* YouFailFilmSchoolForever: April is depicted as having lived a glamorous Hollywood lifestyle in spite of the story giving every indication that her mother is a struggling actress/singer who has yet to hit it big.
** April is not above giving herself airs (or considering things more glamorous than they actually are).
3rd Aug '11 10:40:34 PM CaptainCrawdad
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1968 Newbery Honor book by Zilpha Keatley Snyder about a group of children who play AncientEgypt in the backyard of the local MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold, known only as "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Professor]]" (no, not ''[[GilligansIsland that]]'' one). The "Egypt gang" consists of:

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1968 Newbery Honor book by Zilpha Keatley Snyder about a group of children who play AncientEgypt in the backyard of the local MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold, known only as "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Professor]]" (no, not ''[[GilligansIsland that]]'' one). Professor]]." The "Egypt gang" consists of:
17th Apr '11 8:48:04 AM Rhysdux
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*** Actually, not odd behavior at all for eleven-year-olds in the 1950s and 1960s, for the societal expectation was that boys would tease girls until they cried (but not play with them, heavens!) and girls would want to avoid boys (because they teased and played rough, mercy me!). Add in the fact that puberty would have been thought of as about fourteen, that there was no concept of "tweens" then, and that an eleven-year-old of the era would have been thought of as far too young to be interested in sex, dating, etc., and their behavior makes more sense.
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