I just heard that Zilpha Keatley Snyder passed away last week. I read many of her books growing up and loved them dearly. They were thought-provoking and always laced with a fantastical element to them. I must have read The Egypt Game a couple of dozen times growing up and consider it one of my all-time favorite children’s books.
It saddens me that books like this have faded from popularity as the years pass by. It isn’t fast-paced. There are no fight scenes. It is a story of friendship and children using their imagination. I tried reading this to my children years ago, and it was too slow for them. Now that they are a little older, I think I may give it a try again and see if they have the patience for a brilliant story that may be somewhat different from their usual fare.
Farewell Mrs. Snyder. You will be missed, but your influence lives on in all of us who have read and loved your works.