Mara, Daughter Of The Nile

Mara, Daughter Of The Nile

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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
Publisher: New York : Puffin, 1985
ISBN: 9780140319293


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Jan 23, 2018

Wonderful book!
Beautiful descriptive writing, and a story line that keeps you wondering what will happen next..!?

Nov 04, 2016

Short and sweet, this book uses historical figures like Hatsheput and Thutmose in a fictional story. The main character Mara, is strong, cunning, and has trouble controlling what she says. (She reminds me of Mara from Star Wars...) She ends up being a double agent and ends up getting into trouble. (Probably why she shouldn't have gotten into the deception business in the first place). The author describes the settings of each scene so well that I wondered if she had visited Egypt or just did some good research. The love story is just alright but not over the top. The ending was okay, but not how I was expecting it. The author seemed to leave the fate of some of the characters unresolved, and it was like: "What happened to them?" The best part, as always, was that there were no bad words.

Dec 02, 2014

its a little confusing, then i got the situations. other than that i absolutely love this book. i had to read it for my history class and really gobbled it up. love to my followers,

Nov 05, 2013

This is my favorite book. I have loved it since I was 12 years old. I have read it every summer for 20 years. I even read the whole story out loud to my husband on our honeymoon. I wish they would make a movie of this. Oh yah, I named my first child Mara too.

May 28, 2013

It was a nice book. lovely tale when you crave something to read set in ancient Egypt. I really wanted to read this after I went and saw a bunch of Egyptian artifacts in a museum. But back to the book, it was okay but nothing amazing. it took me a awhile to get through, but it was pretty good.

Apr 11, 2013 2nd worse book i have read. Very dull and meaningless.

Dec 13, 2012

This book was OKAY, but I wouldn't recommend it, nor read it again.

I also thought it weird that after the book ended, my copy picked up in the middle of the second last chapter and continued until the story had finished again! Word for word the same ending all over again.

Jun 07, 2012

I TOTALLY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Egyptian setting, romance, action, suspense, betrayal all in one!!! In the beggining it wasn't that interesting but as it slowly progressed towards the end, it was the best book ever!!!! I highly recommend everyone to try and read this entire book and you'll for sure love it. :)

Tam_Girl12 Apr 03, 2012

I did not understand the begging but other then that it was a great read and I enjoyed it vary well.

Dec 17, 2011

My all time favorite novel!!!!!five HUGE stars!

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Trouble brews in Egypt, both for and against the Pharaoh Hatshepsut, and Mara is caught right in the middle of it. Bought from a former master, Mara is lured with freedom and riches to become a spy for the Queen; later, however, she agrees to spy against the Queen to assist the oncoming rebellion. Mara is forced to deal with dangers, forbidden love, and a dire consequence if she fails to play either side incorrectly.

Feb 11, 2010

Mara is a slave, whose talents for reading and stealing get her beaten more often then not. They also attract the attention of one of the Queen’s advisors, who sees how he might use her as a spy. Determined to do anything for her freedom, Mara accepts the job. But while traveling to the royal city, she falls in with the mysterious noble, Sheftu. Catching her sneaking, he gives her a choice: work for him or die. At first unconcerned with anything except advancing her position by playing both sides, Mara soon discovers two very different forces struggling of the control of Egypt, each determined to destroy the other. Any neither will hesitate to kill her if her duplicity is discovered.


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