Mara, Daughter Of The Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGrawMara, Daughter Of The Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Mara, Daughter Of The Nile

byEloise Jarvis McGraw

Mass Market Paperback | October 1, 1985

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This compelling story of adventure, romance, and intrigue, set in ancient Egypt, was written by the three-time Newbery Honor and Edgar Award winning author Eloise Jarvis McGraw.
Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom in ancient Egypt, under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut. Mara is not like other slaves; she can read and write, as well as speak the language of Babylonian. So, to barter for her freedom, she finds herself playing the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemies—each of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt.
Against her will, Mara finds herself falling in love with one of her masters, the noble Sheftu, and she starts to believe in his plans of restoring Thutmose III to the throne. But just when Mara is ready to offer Sheftu her help and her heart, her duplicity is discovered, and a battle ensues in which both Mara’s life and the fate of Egypt are at stake.
“Dangerous espionage, an unusual love story, and richly drawn background make this a book to capture quick and lasting interest.”—Horn Book
“Thoroughly engrossing.”—Kirkus Reviews
Eloise Jarvis McGraw was an American author of children's books and young adult novels. She won the Newbery Honor three times in three different decades, for her novels Moccasin Trail (1952), The Golden Goblet (1962), and The Moorchild (1997). A Really Weird Summer (1977) won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Wr...
Title:Mara, Daughter Of The NileFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.19 × 4.38 × 0.47 inPublished:October 1, 1985Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140319298

ISBN - 13:9780140319293

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I got this book for Christmas about seven years ago and it quickly became one of my favourite books. It's exciting and fast paced, full of adventure, romance and mystery. It may not be historically correct, but it's definately an amazing read.
Date published: 2008-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is an awesome book! I recently visited a museum with Egyptian artifacts and have been fascinated every since. I was in my school's library when a book caught my eye. It was about Egypt (I could tell form the title obviously) so I borrowed it and finished the book in one night. Not only is Mara Daughter of the Nile about Egypt, but it has an excelent storyline about an Egyptian slave girl that gets involved in the business of spying. She ends up spying for both sides and is soon in a tight situation. I won't give the end away because it was so amazing. They recomend this book for readers 9-12, but i would recomend it for young adults and over. I hope you read this book because it would be worth it. Enjoy!
Date published: 2001-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Rocks! This was a great book and i would recomend it to everyone. I think it would be great for girls age 12-15 it would be too confusing for younger readers as it uses Egyptian words and complex sentences.
Date published: 2000-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent children's book I recall having read this book a few years ago when I was a pre-teen. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and then forgot about it, until I came across a children's book website. The review caught my attention, and then memories of the story flooded my brain. I remember with exquisite detail the adventures of Mara and her beloved Sheftu! This excellent children's book is a both a romance and an adventure, without the lust and sexual innuendo so common in young people's books today. Set in the beauty and culture of an ancient civilization, this story has an exotic "tang" that adds a lot to the story [without the "cheapness" of other books]. Mara is a wonderful role model and a fascinating heroine and I would recomment this book to anyone between the ages of 9 and 14 (and older!).
Date published: 2000-08-25

From Our Editors

The adventures of an ingenious Egyptian slave girl who undertakes a dangerous assignment as a spy in the royal palace of Thebes, in the days when Queen Hatshepsut ruled

Editorial Reviews

“Dangerous espionage, an unusual love story, and richly drawn background make this a book to capture quick and lasting interest.”—Horn Book
“Thoroughly engrossing.”—Kirkus Reviews