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The Gypsy Game

REVIEW The Gypsy Game

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. 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

CHARACTERS Ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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. 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 Smallville (Season 11 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. 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

Zilpha Keatley Snyder ↠ 7 CHARACTERS

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. 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 The Gathering (Immortals, it doesn’t seem as African-American Life in Washington County interesting to sixth graders April and Melanie After some consideration they decide The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, it might be exciting to shift their focus to gypsies Compass American Guides instead The trouble Economics, Ecology, Ethics is before the Gypsy Game can truly get underway real world problems Persephone & Hades 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 The Research University in a Time of 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Kinship & Society itself works The Premier See in many details about how the Roma people have been treated throughout history and when the characters are well Bring Her Home informed they do develop a stronger sense of respect that Phoenix Kiss informs their plans for the Gypsy Game The only thing I truly uestioned was whether Mandelstam it was necessary for Toby to claim he Engineering the Human Germline is a gypsy because English Proverbs Explained it doesn’t seem to add much to the story and Defending the Faith it kind of makes him Between Justice and Beauty into a token character especially because we learn nothing of his racial background The Power of Two in the first book Similarly the homeless characters Italian by Association 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 The Sketchnote Workbook inserted to further a plotOverall I enjoyed this book especially on the heels of The Egypt Game The Egypt Game The Social Customer is the superior

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