In Zilpha Snyder's book The Egypt Game, why were the girls called "the Egypt girls"?
April and Melanie became known as the "Egypt Girls" at the library. The girls found they shared a common interest in Egypt when April found a new book about the country at the library, and passed it on to Melanie. During the long late summer days of August, "with the help of a sympathetic librarian, they...found and read just about everything the library had to offer on Egypt - both fact and fiction", and before long, "they were beginning to be called the Egypt Girls" (Chapter 4). When the girls stumbled upon the figure of Nefertiti in the Professor's deserted back yard, their shared interest and imagination resulted in the beginnings of the "Egypt Game". The group that assembled to play the game included both boys and girls of many ages and cultures, and the camaraderie they developed effectively expand the primary themes of the book, which are unconditional friendship and acceptance.
The girls were "Egypt girls" because of their shared fascination with ancient Egypt. They were from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, but this mutual interest bonded them together as a group. The eNotes summary states that
April and her friends who play the Egypt Game share a camaraderie that ignores differences in race, culture, and age. Although the members include whites, blacks, and Asians spanning from ages four through eleven, all are held together by their fascination with Egypt and their extremely active imaginations.