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The Gypsy Game

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The kids from The Egypt Game are back What game will they play next The answer is Gypsies While April plunges in with her usual enthusiasm the Melanie learns the something seems to be holding her back But it's Toby who. I love the Egypt Game and I was amazed when after 15 plus years of rereading it there has been a seuel all this time I was VERY disappointedThings that irritated me The characters went from being in the 1960s to the 1990s the dialogue and word choices of the characters were complete different Toby clearly states in the first book that his parents are out at a party pretty hard to do since according to this seuel his mother has been dead since he was a baby The characters all of the sudden start referring to each other by their last names Yes they did so in the middle of the Egypt Game but that was before they got to know one another better I realize why April was no longer the central character howeverit's April One of the coolest thing about the Egypt Game was them actually playing the gamethere was little to no playing of gypsiesOverall unimpressedannoyedirritated

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Adds a really new wrinkle when he announces that he himself is a bona fide Gypsy Plus he can get them some of his grandmother's things to use as real Gypsy props for the new game What could be thrilling Then Toby sudd. Seems like the title just hangs on the coattails of The Egypt Game as the story isn't focused on the game this time around It's really uite a different book and I wonder if it could have been done with all new characters You have to wonder about the huge gap between the publication of the books Did the author got so much pressure to write a seuel that she just finally gave in and did this It's an OK book but maybe not such a worthy seuel

Zilpha Keatley Snyder ´ 5 Summary

Enly and mysteriously disappears and the kids discover that living as real life Gypsies may not be as much fun as they thought How will they find Toby and rescue him from the very real problems that are haunting his li. It's hard to follow up something as awesome as The Egypt Game and to a certain extent Ms Snyder doesn't try to copy the formula that made that book so well cherished by myself at least She does take the familiar characters and put them in a situation that sort of evolves naturally from April's final suggestion in TEG and while it's good solid story telling the magic of the previous book is missing The story is still fairly compelling but I think what this book mostly lacks is the charming characterization of TEG Here Ken comes across as dull and April as shrill and you don't really learn anything new or surprising about the other kids; neither do any of them grow as they almost all did in TEG It's great to see what they're up to after the events of the other book but I have the feeling that if you hadn't read it you wouldn't really care about these characters On a minor though still important note the drawings that so enlivened TEG were sorely missed It would've been nice to see a line drawing of the kids trying to give Bear a bath for example I hate to sound so negative about an author I love and while this is a good book it's just not one of her best and she's written some amazing stuff


10 thoughts on “The Gypsy Game

  1. says:

    Actually the story is not as grim as the review title implies but one is reminded of the song Gypsies tramps and thievesAnyway soon afer the Egypt Game has concluded the multi ethnic gang is back but things are deteriorating in Toby's home and soon he goes missing Say was he just pulling the kids' legs about his Gypsy ancestry or is he really in danger of being kidnapped? I felt the author was pulling one over on us; besides the use of chapter flip flop she filled out a skimpy plot with literary fluff Nevertheless this is a very serious book in places with themes of universal shunning and persecution Focusing on the neglect of the underprivileged she makes young readers aware of the plight of society's unwanted The kids themselves face some ethical dilemmas and even wonder how desperate can they be? when to bring in adult aid Snyder alternates between their pre teen lifestyle and heavy themes with hints for social reform I am not sure how much of the audience for whom this book was intended will enjoy this seuel Is it meant to be entertainment or a political platform? Perhaps she just wants to point out the danger of an overactive imagination Unfortunately this book does not live up to its Egyptian predecessor May 9 2012 I welcome dialogue with teachers


  2. says:

    I love the Egypt Game and I was amazed when after 15 plus years of rereading it there has been a seuel all this time I was VERY disappointedThings that irritated me The characters went from being in the 1960s to the 1990s the dialogue and word choices of the characters were complete different Toby clearly states in the first book that his parents are out at a party pretty hard to do since according to this seuel his mother has been dead since he was a baby The characters all of the sudden start referring to each other by their last names Yes they did so in the middle of the Egypt Game but that was before they got to know one another better I realize why April was no longer the central character howeverit's April One of the coolest thing about the Egypt Game was them actually playing the gamethere was little to no playing of gypsiesOverall unimpressedannoyedirritated


  3. says:

    Not nearly as good as it's predeccessor The Gypsy Game lacks ingenuity mystery enchantment character development relationships and all those wonderful things about the first one A tolerable read but disappointing


  4. says:

    This book feels like a Disney live action remake only worse


  5. says:

    Seems like the title just hangs on the coattails of The Egypt Game as the story isn't focused on the game this time around It's really uite a different book and I wonder if it could have been done with all new characters You have to wonder about the huge gap between the publication of the books Did the author got so much pressure to write a seuel that she just finally gave in and did this? It's an OK book but maybe not such a worthy seuel


  6. says:

    I expect superlative children's fiction from Ms Snyder but this one was just okay Maybe I'm too old for these games? I remember being entranced by The Egypt Game


  7. says:

    This review also appears on my blog Read at Home MomNow that they have permission to play the Egypt Game it doesn’t seem as interesting to sixth graders April and Melanie After some consideration they decide it might be exciting to shift their focus to gypsies instead The trouble is before the Gypsy Game can truly get underway real world problems intervene Toby one of the Egyptians has run away supposedly to avoid being kidnapped by his gypsy grandparents April Melanie and their friends do their best to remain loyal to their friend while also satisfying the uestions and concerns raised by the adults in their lives who are concerned about Toby’s well being Though there are 30 years between the publication date of The Egypt Game and the release of The Gypsy Game in this fictional universe it is literally as though no time has passed at all The second book picks up just where the first one leaves off filling in the very next line of dialogue By the end of the first page the reader is once again completely immersed in April and Melanie’s worlds both the real one and the one they imagine For me the time between books was only a couple of weeks so I can’t say for sure whether the ease with which I slipped into the second story is a credit to the author or simply a benefit of reading the books one right after the other Still I felt a strong connection to the setting and to each of the kids perhaps even so than I did in their first story Though real world conflicts do encroach upon the Egyptians’ game in the first book I think the problem presented in the second one is pressing on the characters because this time they know the situation and the danger Toby might be in The fact that the kids do have some information about Toby that they conceal from adults creates a sense of tension and suspense that keeps the story moving forward uickly with many uestions and answers following one after the other I felt strongly invested in the characters this time because they were much invested in the real world happenings around them and not just in their make believeThe politically incorrect use of the term “gypsy” may pose a problem but I think a little coaching from adults can help kids understand why this word is no longer used and why it is appropriate to refer to this group as “Roma” The use of “gypsy” in the title of the book and throughout the story is actually not used in an offensive way The storyline itself works in many details about how the Roma people have been treated throughout history and when the characters are well informed they do develop a stronger sense of respect that informs their plans for the Gypsy Game The only thing I truly uestioned was whether it was necessary for Toby to claim he is a gypsy because it doesn’t seem to add much to the story and it kind of makes him into a token character especially because we learn nothing of his racial background in the first book Similarly the homeless characters in the story are treated very stereotypically with little to differentiate them from each other or to develop them as characters rather than just a collection of homeless people inserted to further a plotOverall I enjoyed this book especially on the heels of The Egypt Game The Egypt Game is the superior story and I don’t necessarily think readers will miss out if they never read The Gypsy Game but it is nice to revisit the same characters and see where else the author’s imagination can take them There is a bit of a cheesy Lassie moment where a dog is able to lead the kids to Toby’s location which seems totally unbelievable and out of place but there are just as many really lovely moments including Marshall beginning to outgrow his need for Security his stuffed octopus and all the kids sneaking out to bring food to Toby while he is in hiding If you’re a fan of the first book it’s worth checking out the second especially if you go in with no expectations and simply enjoy the story


  8. says:

    I was a little disapointed with this book It was obviously written long after the first book so some of the language had changed the same language that had make the first one a little outdated but there were also some subtle modernization The first book was obviously set in time it was written so to have the book go from the 1960's to the 1990's was a little unsettling especially since I read them back to back Most children may not pick up on these things but as an adult reader it was a little distractingWith that said however the plot was still just as good The Gypsy Game kind of faltered for the children as a real life drama took over but the book never let down the reader I especially liked Ms Snyder's discussion about what Gypsy life was like and the hardships that particular group of people have faced I like the realism and the hidden education in the book This would be a great book to talk about prejudice and oppression There are so many themes in this book that make it wonderful This time you meet Toby's father who is a very eccentric artist It's an interesting contrast to his best friend Ken who's parents are practical and well to do The two ends of this spectrum are nicely balanced and really are subtle There is no beating the reader with a cause Ms Snyder talks about homelessness when Toby runs away and ends up living in an abandoned house with three homeless people This is a really powerful book and a great seuel


  9. says:

    It's hard to follow up something as awesome as The Egypt Game and to a certain extent Ms Snyder doesn't try to copy the formula that made that book so well cherished by myself at least She does take the familiar characters and put them in a situation that sort of evolves naturally from April's final suggestion in TEG and while it's good solid story telling the magic of the previous book is missing The story is still fairly compelling but I think what this book mostly lacks is the charming characterization of TEG Here Ken comes across as dull and April as shrill and you don't really learn anything new or surprising about the other kids; neither do any of them grow as they almost all did in TEG It's great to see what they're up to after the events of the other book but I have the feeling that if you hadn't read it you wouldn't really care about these characters On a minor though still important note the drawings that so enlivened TEG were sorely missed It would've been nice to see a line drawing of the kids trying to give Bear a bath for example I hate to sound so negative about an author I love and while this is a good book it's just not one of her best and she's written some amazing stuff


  10. says:

    This is the seuel to the incomparable Egypt Game by the same author in which a diverse gang of kids recreates its own version of ancient Egypt in an empty lot My daughter and I listened to it recently on audio and she was so taken with it that she begged me to get the seuel which isn't available on audio for good reason In this one they switch to the subject of gypsies and it turns out that one of the kids is part gypsy He runs away from home and stays in the lot with a giant dog The kids are still all sharply drawn original imaginative but not little adults There is still a lot of information about another culture mixed in with a real plot and characters who grow At first I was wondering why I had thought it was so inferior to The Egypt Game when I had read it years ago but the plot kind of falls apart at the end with the introduction of long lost Mayflower grandparents who prove to be understanding and benign Still it's better than the majority of books out there and no mistake


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