Mara, Daughter of the Nile

Mara, Daughter of the Nile

Eloise Jarvis McGraw / Jan 27, 2020

Mara Daughter of the Nile On an escapade in the marketplace in Menfe Mara the mistreated slave of a wealthy jewel trader attractsthe notice of a mysterious white hooded man who buys her to use as a spy in the service of Que

  • Title: Mara, Daughter of the Nile
  • Author: Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On an escapade in the marketplace in Menfe, Mara, the mistreated slave of a wealthy jewel trader, attractsthe notice of a mysterious white hooded man who buys her to use as a spy in the service of Queen Hatshepsut, half sister of Thutmose.On the Nile river boat, The Silver Beetle, Mara becomes acquainted with Sheftu, a youth who describes himself as a scribe s apprentice On an escapade in the marketplace in Menfe, Mara, the mistreated slave of a wealthy jewel trader, attractsthe notice of a mysterious white hooded man who buys her to use as a spy in the service of Queen Hatshepsut, half sister of Thutmose.On the Nile river boat, The Silver Beetle, Mara becomes acquainted with Sheftu, a youth who describes himself as a scribe s apprentice but is in reality Lord Sheftu, leader of the movement to depose the profligate queen and to put Thutmose on the throne of Egypt Sheftu also decides to employ Mara as a go between at court for himself and Thutmose.The picturesque daily life of the Egyptians the shopkeepers and their shops in the vivid movement of the Marketplaces the colorful flow of activities along the Nile s banks the sumptuous luxury of the royal palace s rooms and their occupants is presented through a wealth of freshly described, and almost photographic detail

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      • Eloise Jarvis McGraw

        Eloise Jarvis McGraw was an author of children s books She was awarded 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 Writers of America McGraw had a very strong interest in history, and among the many books she wrote for children are Greensleeves, Pharaoh, The Seventeenth Swap, and Mara, Daughter of the Nile.McGraw also contributed to the Oz series started by L Frank Baum, writing with her daughter Lauren Lynn McGraw Wagner Merry Go Round in Oz the last of the Oz books issued by Baum s publisher and The Forbidden Fountain of Oz, and later writing The Rundelstone of Oz on her own The actual writing of the books was done entirely by Eloise Lauren made story contributions significant enough for Eloise to assign her co authorship credit.She lived for many years in Portland, Oregon before dying in late 2000 of complications of cancer.McGraw was married to William Corbin McGraw, who died in 1999 They had two children, Peter and Lauren.


    1. This holds up amazingly well for a 60 year old YA book. Set in ancient Egypt, it's the story of Mara, a bright, feisty slave girl who unexpectedly finds herself forced to act as a spy for both sides of a conflict over the throne of Egypt. Either side is likely to immediately kill her if her duplicity is discovered. And then her heart starts to get involved I had very fond memories of reading Mara years ago, and I was delighted and, frankly, relieved when my re-read lived up to my memories, whic [...]

    2. "Then the stars went out, for the bark of Ra, in fiery splendor, burst out of the East. Sunshine flooded the wide desert and the long, green valley of the Nile. The night was over; a new day has dawned for the land of Egypt."Generally, I do not reread books. I have a short attention span, I constantly seek novelty, and once a book or a film has been watched, even if I greatly enjoyed it, I will never reach for it again. There are only a few books that I enjoy rereading, Mara, Daughter of the Nil [...]

    3. I am going to open up my heart to you guys. I read this book when I was, oh, maybe 7 or 8, and it was my favorite book for YEARS. I re-read it countless times. It was the only book from my childhood I brought with me to college. It may have been, in large part, the reason my mom once bought me a t-shirt that said "Kathleen" in - wait for it -HIEROGLYPHICS.I have no idea if this is actually a good book or not. I loved it so much as a kid that I couldn't possibly give an impartial opinion even now [...]

    4. Thanks for the buddy read, Jeannette! :DMara Daughter of the Nile was originally published back in 1953, and I find that books that were written during that time, always make me think of old movies. It’s the way the characters talk and interact with each other. The hero doesn’t just kiss the heroine. He pulls her into his arms and gives her a grand sweeping kiss that should have music playing in the background. Now don’t get me wrong, I happen to love this because I think it’s breathless [...]

    5. I adored this book when I first read it at age 10, and still love it 20 years later. I cannot recommend it highly enough to young lady readers who have any interest at all in Ancient Egypt. Mara is a slave girl sold to become a spy who ends up embroiled in a plot to overthrow the (female) Pharaoh Hatshepsut. McGraw's attention to detail and knowledge of the time are impeccable, her characters are alive and engaging, there's a nice little romance, plenty of drama and suffering for the cause, and [...]

    6. Mara intently fixed her gaze on the young man before her, who asked, "What is the message, Blue Eyed One?""'What are your thoughts?'" she quoted. "'Shall you tell me of the plot? Have you found the writings favorable?'"Sheftu, with a casual smile that was yet guarded, replied, "Are those his words, or yours?""By the Feather of Truth, I only quoted them exactly.""From your thoughts, no doubt."Ai, he knows, but I will not let him best me, thought Mara. I will get the truth of him. "Is this book to [...]

    7. I loved this in junior high and dug it out again for a "light" read -- it's actually more intense than I remembered, but still fun. For being written in 1953, Mara is a surprisingly strong female character, a slave-turned-spy for two opposing masters. She's smart, quick on her feet, speaks Babylonian, plays both sides, and even stands up under torture. The romance novel aspects are the least interesting elements, not because they're particularly silly but just because McGraw's beautiful descript [...]

    8. I'll not write a long review since others have already said everything there is to be said, but I will say that I can't believe how beautiful this was. I wish I could read it all over again. Five Stars easy, it was a million times better than my last book.Mara was a delight, she was a sweet little trickster who didn't know which people to side with. Whichever side she chose to spy for, there was danger and intrigue. From robing the dead in their crypts' to appearing before Pharaoh, Mara gets ent [...]

    9. Let's hear it for strong female protagonists found in books published in 1953!Also, let's hear it for being able to describe any book in this way: Spies! Intrigue! Plotting! Romance! Gold! Pharoahs! Swashbuckling! Betrayal! Anguish! Drama!What a captivating story. Now, first things first. The history isn't quite accurate. But, that's okay. This is historical fiction, right? As long as you can ignore the real events, this is a great story. That said-- truth, or lack there of, does not take away f [...]

    10. Mara is one of those books that is pure fun to read. All the time you're reading, you're thinking "this is a good story--a lifetime story--this is why I love books". It's spy fiction at its tightest, with tiny clues and grand stakes that all weave together into the delicious combination of suspense that I like to experience. This book has everything from midnight meets to tomb robbing (and breaking the royal seals on the tombs was no joke for an Egyptian).The characterization gives food for thou [...]

    11. This was great fun and a smooth, easy read--in fact I fairly tore through this one and could not wait to find out what happened.McGraw knows how to keep the plot moving and her heroine, Mara the slave girl, is spunky, intelligent and conniving enough to be plausible in her new role as a double agent in the royal court. I'm far from being an Egyptologist, but I've traveled to Egypt and spent enough time in the Egyptian galleries of various museums to know that McGraw gets all sorts of little deta [...]

    12. Mara is a slave girl in Ancient Egypt. Determined to change her fortune and be free. No matter what it takes. When a messenger from Queen Hatshepsut purchases Mara and makes her an offer to spy and act the part of a royal interpreter, our heroine sees her chance.But then Sheftu, a scribe who is not a scribe, decides he has a hold over her as well and hires her to spy for the King Thutmos III instead. Which Mara realizes is also a chance.And all these chances add up to . . . something very much o [...]

    13. Great story! Engaging heroine, smart and plucky without being overly sassy and a hero I am absolutely in love with. I love a ruthless, driven, obsessed man that DOES NOT want to be distracted by a pretty girl. There's just something so sweet about watching the poor guy struggle with his feelings. The setting was superb, and since I haven't read a lot of Egyptian anything it was new and refreshing. The secondary characters were fleshed out, interesting and unique. The plot was right up my alley, [...]

    14. This was an awesome book. Not sure what I was expecting but this exceeded. a lot. And was it really my fault that I was imagining the awesome river boat father figure guy that, sadly, I can't remember the name of, as Sam Axe? I think not.Highly recommended to all.

    15. I read this book at 27 years old when a friend told me this was her favorite childhood book. Having just read it, I can safely say MY CHILDHOOD SELF MISSED OUT ON SOMETHING AMAZING. This is definitely a book I will cherish and pass down to my children. I loved it having read it as an adult, and I can only imagine how much I would have loved it as a child. This was an enchanting tale filled with action, adventure, romance, and intrigue, and I was engrossed immediately. I miss quality literature l [...]

    16. This book is a lot of fun. I would particularly recommend it to tween/teen girls. It's exactly the sort of romantic adventure I would have loved to death at that age. I still love it now, but that's because there's a little tween girl still living inside of me--a little tween girl who would have been frightened and thrilled by the action and more than a little intrigued by the dashing hero, Sheftu. He's totally the guy young girls dream of having an adventure with. You can tell the book was writ [...]

    17. Mara, Daughter of the Nile was a superb novel. I was surprised and delighted by the depth of the story, the crazy awesomeness of the plot, and yes, the entire book in and of itself.A richly historical book to be sure. We explore Egypt and her culture, customs, kings and queens. Of course, this historical depth includes mentions of gods and goddesses, and also a slightly creepy scene down in the tombs of Egypt's dead kings. That I could have done without.But yes, the overall story was just very w [...]

    18. I think this was the first book that turned me on to historical fiction. I checked it out over and over.

    19. Well, when my book group chose a YA historical fiction novel set in ancient Egypt written in 1953 I had really, really low expectations. But it was a fun read! It has a Disney-princess-esque heroine, spunky and beautiful and smart, who gets caught up in a web of political intrigue. The Egyptian stuff wasn't nearly as hokie as I expected, although they are inside a pyramid at one point. Anyway, it seems from reviews that 10-12 year old girls are prone to fall in love with this book and think fon [...]

    20. I love this story. I loved it even more the second time reading it. It is the type of book that I only find once in a blue moon. Immensely intriguing, fast-paced, captivating characters, and edgy yet lighthearted enough to keep me from spending days bemoaning the darkness of mankind.  It took me to ancient Egypt. With all its flowery over the top descriptions (which I loved), it brought me to the bank of the Nile watching the ships sail into the dark. I got see a world ablaze with ambition, hop [...]

    21. This book is delightful. Set in ancient Egypt, during the reign of Hatshepsut; it is a story of a beautiful blue-eyed, witty slave girl Mara who dreams of freedom & riches and gets a chance at it when she is bought, to spy and find the rebel leader in the pharaoh's court. While on her journey on the Nile, she crosses path with the handsome courtier Sheftu, planning a coup to place Thutmosis III on the throne. Caught while eavesdropping on the boat, she is forced to be a messenger to Thutmosi [...]

    22. I read this a week ago, so on one level, WHO KNOWS? But mostly, it was one of those books that was very well done, but just didn't draw me in like I hoped it was. (And I don't THINK I read it before after all. Probably.)That said, it was good reading timing because on vacation (Chicago!) I ended up seeing a film on Egyptian tombs and so many terms were extra-familiar thanks to this book!

    23. One of my all time favs!!! We read it when i homeschooled the kids. Takes place in ancient Egypt. Fun vacation read.

    24. Mara, Daughter of the Nile is about a slave girl called Mara whose luck suddenly changes and she finds herself free from her loathsome master and on her way to adventure. She ends up as a double spy in Hatshepsut’s court and tries to play a lone hand in the drama that takes place.To start off, this book is an excellent attempt at showcasing a fierce and independent girl who tries to get her own way, and succeeds. The first half of the book showing Mara’s journey from a despised slave, her st [...]

    25. A MINX IN THE LAND OF THE SPHYNX! Mara is a tough, gritty guttersnipe of a slave girl--with a dream of freedom and enough wealth to never endure hunger, dirt, whippings or psychological abuse again. Remarkable for her blue eyes, quick wit and saucy tongue, she is abruptly sold to an agent of Queen Hatshepsut--a female Pharaoh. Mara is to serve as an interpreter for a Babylonian-speaking princess (unwilling, unwanted, homesick). Actually Mara must be a spy because she will have freer access to th [...]

    26. Though a fan of historical fiction, I found this book rather disappointing even with the interesting tidbits of facts the author used. The writing itself was not horrible, but its lack of engaging prose gives the impression of it being the author's first-time novel.The main character was so ridden with cliché that I couldn't appreciate her, and the supporting cast could only redeem so much. She had the odds stacked against my liking her: starting with a misunderstood slave girl (with a mysterio [...]

    27. Ancient Egypt, in the time of the Pharaoh Hatshepsut, who has made a prisoner of her half-brother Thutmose and rules in his stead. A tyrannical megalomaniac, Hatshepsut is blind to the woes of her people, and possible dangers from enemies abroad—she is more interested in building grand temples to her glory. Unknown to her, however, a conspiracy is underway to topple Hatshepsut and restore Thutmose to his rightful place. Spearheading this conspiracy is one of Egypt’s richest men, Hatshepsut [...]

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