Today on YA Rewind I talk about Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Egypt Game and the ways fiction can inspire a love of other cultures, when they’re wrapped around interesting characters. Then I’ll talk a little about YA and Feminism with a recap of the panel I attended at Geek Girl Con in Seattle. Later, I’ll share a performance from Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.
The first time Melanie Ross sees April Hall, with her straggly upswept hair, false eyelasshes, and old fur stole, Melanie’s skeptical that they have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the mysterious A-Z Antiwues and Curio Shop, Melanie and April decide it’s the perfect spot for the Egypt Game.
Before long there are six Egyptians instead of two. After school and on weekends they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code.
Everyone thinks it’s just a game, until strange things begin happening to the players. A murderer is stalking the neighborhood, and an oracle is handing down bizarre predictions. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?
-from the 2007 Atheneum hardcover edition
The poorly summarized paranormal teen romance featured in this episode’s Book Jacket Theatre can be found on Amazon: A Demon Made Me Do It. Enter my impromptu contest by telling me what you think an incubus/hellhound looks like! Send your submissions to the e-mail listed below.
If you have stories to share about your own favorite books from young adulthood or future suggestions for Book Jacket Theatre, e-mail YARewindPodcast@meganchristopher.net. Next time I’ll be revisiting T.A. Barron’s The Lost Years of Merlin.