The Gypsy Game

The Gypsy Game

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

ISBN: 9780440412588

Publisher Yearling

Published in Children's Books/Growing Up & Facts of Life

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"Not very much I guess. Why?"

            That was the first thing Melanie said when April asked her if she
            knew anything about Gypsies. April didn't answer. A minute or so later
            Melanie waved her hand in front of April's eyes and said, "Hey, anybody
            home? Come back to earth." Still no answer. April just went on staring
            into space. . . .

            So when it took a long time for April to say why she asked the Gypsy
            question, it didn't surprise Melanie all that much. She knew that
            when April's blue eyes got that spacey look it usually meant that
            she was on to something new and exciting, and if you waited long enough,
            you were sure to hear all about it. So Melanie waited. While she waited,
            she had time to sit up, scratch the mosquito bite on her ankle, make
            a face at herself in the mirror on April's dressing table, and flop
            back down again.

            Finally April sighed and said, "Oh, I don't know. It's just what you
            said about it not being the same. Going back and doing the same things
            over and over. You know, all that Egyptian stuff. And just the other
            day I was reading this magazine that had all this great stuff about
            Gypsies. I was just thinking how maybe we could. . ." She sat up,
            shoved back a straggle of blond hair, grinned at Melanie, and went
            on, "I was thinking that maybe we could try being Gypsies for a change."


Excerpted from "The Gypsy Game" by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Copyright © 1998 by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
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