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  The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Review by: Zach S.
California, Grade 6

Summary: The book begins with a boy named Ranofer who now lives with his half-brother, Gebu. His father was a goldsmith until his death. Ranofer works as a porter in a goldsmith’s shop. During his time there, the head goldsmith, Rekh, mentioned that gold was being lost. Ranofer soon figures that the wineskins he has been taking from a worker, Ibni, to Gebu, contain gold. So, he decides to stop bring them. But when he does that, Gebu whips and punches him badly. So Ranofer tells his friend, Heqet, to tell Rekh about what he has found out. He does, but that evening Ranofer is forced to take the wineskin; otherwise he would lose his job. Gebu is happy for many days, but then, far too out of the blue, Gebu makes Ranofer his apprentice. Ranofer is mortified, and eventually remeets his old friend Heqet and an old man with a donkey. They decide to spy on Gebu and his friends; Ranofer has a suspicion that they are doing something sleezy. Soon enough, Ranofer finds himself with a broken latch, a golden goblet and a world of trouble.

It is an interesting yet disappointing mystery. There are far too many important characters, who do too much of the thinking for you. The author doesn’t let you figure out what is going on. There are some minor parts where there is too much information, and some major parts where there is too little information. Although the story has interesting parts, it doesn’t have an excitement. The beginning seems weird, but keep reading past 50 pages and you’ll understand the story a little better. Try it out, but don’t expect too much from this Newberry winner.

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