The Golden Goblet

Paperback | May 6, 1986

byEloise Jarvis McGraw

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A Newbery Honor Book

Winner of a Newbery Honor, an exciting ancient Egyptian mystery!


Ranofer wants only one thing in the world: to be a master goldsmith like his beloved father was. But how can he when he is all but imprisoned by his evil half brother, Gebu? Ranofer knows the only way he can escape Gebu's abuse is by changing his destiny. But can a poor boy with no skills survive on the cutthroat streets of ancient Thebes? Then Ranofer finds a priceless golden goblet in Gebu's room and he knows his luck−and his destiny−are about to change.


"Exceptionally vivid, swiftpaced, and stirring."—The Horn Book

"An exhilarating story of the arduous fulfillment of a boy's dream . . . We are given a most worthy hero in Ranofer, one who struggles with his own fears and ideals, who smarts under his own cowardice, but who finds the power to rise to his own strength. This plus the vividly detailed setting make the book an excellent choice."—Kirkus Reviews

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Ranofer struggles to thwart the plottings of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become master goldsmith like their father in this exciting tale of ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue. Newbery Honor Book

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A Newbery Honor BookWinner of a Newbery Honor, an exciting ancient Egyptian mystery!Ranofer wants only one thing in the world: to be a master goldsmith like his beloved father was. But how can he when he is all but imprisoned by his evil half brother, Gebu? Ranofer knows the only way he can escape Gebu's abuse is by changing his destin...

Eloise Jarvis McGraw (1915-2000) was a writer for more than fifty years and was the author of more than twenty children's books. She has won many honors and awards for her books, including the Newbery Honor, which she was given for her books Moccasin Trail (1952), The Golden Goblet (1962), and The Moorchild (1997). Eloise Jarvis McGraw...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.6 × 5.04 × 0.65 inPublished:May 6, 1986Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140303359

ISBN - 13:9780140303353

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Golden Goblet Good story...very exciting...a must read for grade 5 students
Date published: 2004-12-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What the (bleep) was that? This book is great for a historical fiction, but good Lord the writing style is enough for one to toss the whole book out the window of a speeding locamotive! I had a hard time with the way the author created her sentences and ideas. The action and story line does not climax until the last few "out of character" chapters. I waited for the whole book to see what would happen to the main character, but in the last few chapters the ending and climax seemed so unrealistic. The actions of the scared and upset main character are out of character for him. It doesn't seem logical for a boy scared who can't stand up to his brother, to be courageouse enough to put his life on the line by approaching the Queen in the palace, or even his "cheezy" attempt of being a spy in the tomb. Dumb. Dumb move I thought. ANYWAY, the whole story was not worth my time, and I say read this book if you want to encounter ancient Egypt life, not because it is a good story. Whew!
Date published: 2001-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ancient Egypt but Better!!! This book, which I give two thumbs up to, is a great book for all ages. It's a very exiting, wonderfully written book which I recommend for anyone out there to read, especially for the young Ancient Egypt Lovers. You will probably find this book one of the best you've ever read. Discover Ancient Egypt's wonders better with more exitment in this fantastic novel!
Date published: 2001-04-07

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Ranofer struggles to thwart the plottings of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become master goldsmith like their father in this exciting tale of ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue. Newbery Honor Book

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Newbery Honor book, The Golden Goblet"Exceptionally vivid, swiftpaced, and stirring."--The Horn Book"An exhilarating story of the arduous fulfillment of a boy's dream . . . We are given a most worthy hero in Ranofer, one who struggles with his own fears and ideals, who smarts under his own cowardice, but who finds the power to rise to his own strength. This plus the vividly detailed setting make the book an excellent choice."--Kirkus Reviews