Book Review: The Golden Goblet

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Title: Golden Goblet

Author: Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Pages: 248

Synopsis: In ancient Egyptian times, young Ranofer—half brother of the villainous Gebu and slave in the goldsmith’s workshop—finds out his older half brother’s dirty secret. He is stealing gold from the goldsmith workshop, with the help of a Babylonian named Ibiny! But when Ibiny is no longer of any use to Gebu, he takes Ranofer out of the only place he loves, the goldsmith’s workshop, and makes him a stonecutter’s apprentice. Meanwhile, while Gebu is stealing gold from tombs, Ranofer and his friends, an “older” man named Ancient and an energetic goldsmith’s apprentice named Heqet try to come up with a plan to stop Gebu. Can he and his friends succeed in this edge-of-your-seat book?!

Why kids would like this book: I think that kids would like this book because it is exciting and you just fall in love with the characters and when makes you flustrated for them when things don’t work out.

Why adults would like this book:  According to Wikipedia, this book was previously on the CA state curriculum for 6th graders, but was unpopular due to the vocabulary level, and the maturity of the plot involving Ranofer’s enslavement to his half-brother.  I agree that that this book was a good vocabulary stretcher for both Miranda and I, and some themes would be too heavy for young children, but we were totally pulled into this book.  I honestly read the final three chapters a second time because the resolution is so exciting!  I also feel like I now know a lot more about Egyptian culture and the trades of goldsmithing and stonecutting after reading this, so I’d feel totally comfortable forcing a middle schooler to read this book, whether or not they like it as much as I did!

Miranda’s rating: 7 of 10. It has some scary parts, along with some sad ones. It also has a LOT of big words, ones that even grown-ups wouldn’t know!

Todd’s rating:  8 of 10.  The development does drag a little for the second quarter of the book, but that does help reinforce the lack of hope in a positive resolution felt by Ranofer.

Miranda’s favorite character: My favorite character is definitely Heqet! He always comes up with the silliest jokes, and he always finds a way to make you smile.

Todd’s favorite character:  Ranofer, for his strength in enduring what must be endured while working towards changing what seems impossible.

Miranda’s favorite part of book: Oh my StarClan! Too hard to decide… I’ll narrow it down to this one. When Queen Tiye asks Ranofer about what he wants, anything at all, he asks for ……..  I can’t tell you—read the book to find out!

Todd’s favorite part of book:  The final three chapters—you may predict how it all will end, but it still exciting to see it all come together.

Miranda’s recommended age groups: 12+

Thoughts on Thursday: Welcome back!

So… me and my parents have been in California forEVER! I’ve really missed writing for the blog, but between playing with my crazy awesome (stooky, for all the Murky fans out there) cousins and finishing up homeschool, I just haven’t had much time for dad and I to post new things on our blog! Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate all of our blog followers. I brought up the fact that we need to update our poll, so keep an eye on that! Sorry we haven’t changed it. At all. In fact, why don’t you comment on it and give us good poll ideas? I’ll have to convince my dad to do his OWN “Welcome Back” post, so then you can hear HIS thoughts, too! In California, I found… guess what. A LIBRARY! In the library, I found lots of great books, such as Charlie Bone and the Beast , Frozen in Time(which I didn’t finish), and 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher, just to name a few. They are ALL great books! Now… I know I am COMPLETLEY changing the subject, but my dad asked me to do a post on buying books vs. library books. Well, why don’t I get started on that! Library books are great. I mean, sure they aren’t in the BEST shape, but going to the library is always such a great way to find books that you’ve never heard of, that might not even be in the store! Sadly, borrowing a book just isn’t as fun as owning one, because then you can’t read it over and over and over again! Also, if a page is torn out, YOUR’E DOOMED. (Especially if the page torn out is the end of the book!!!) Now, about buying books. Buying books is good because then you can find newer titles, and you can read those books over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over (and over) again! BUT sometimes the newer titles can be completely sold out, or they might not sell it at all. And sometimes the books can cost a bucket full of money, and that is always a let-down. Although library books and books at the store both have their pros and cons, I love them both the same! And before I end this post, I would like to have a moment of silence for Borders, the awesome bookstore going out of business. ……………………………….. And now I would like to have a moment of silence for all those librarians out there who would just LOVE a moment of silence. ……………………………………………………………. Thank you! Well, me and my dad would love to hear from you guys! Bye!