Melanie Ross and April Hall are two girls you would never expect to form a close friendship. April is an only child from Hollywood who has never spent much time around other kids. She wears false eyelashes, swept-up hair, and a fake feathered boa wrap. She is snooty and insecure. Her mother is trying to be a movie actress and has paid scant attention to her daughter so far in life. The book begins when her mother dumps her off with her grandmother for an indefinite amount of time. Melanie is down-to-earth and friendly. She likes everyone she meets and comes from a very traditional family—both parents are married and live at home and she has a younger brother, Marshall.
Yet, despite April's initial behavior, the two do form a fast friendship, one that has creativity and imagination as its foundation. They make up incredible stories and play games involving wild fantasies. They are the ones who begin the Egypt game—a game played in an abandoned lot where they find a bust of Nefertiti.
Before long, others join them. The 4-year-old Marshall is almost always with them and when 9-year-old Elizabeth moves into the apartments where April and Melanie live, she soon joins them.
While everyone is thrilled with the game, mysterious things begin happening and they have to be worried about a serial murderer in the neighborhood whose victims are children their age.
This report prepared by Bridgette Redman