The Golden goblet

by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
256 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Jeanne

Good read, though with some pagan spirituality and questionable morals.


Ranofer, the son of a famed artisan in ancient Egypt, now lives under the rough hand of his step-brother Gebu. Though the younger boy dreams of one day following in his father's footsteps, he knows that it will never happen. His life changes, however, when he finds a stolen goblet of gold hidden in Gebu's room...


Ranofer lies to Gebu several times and does a good bit of sneaking and spying. None of this is shown as 'bad' because he is trying to do what he thinks is right throughout the story.

Spiritual Content

The Egyptians worship their gods and goddesses, and 'khefts', evil spirits, are mentioned widely.


Gebu beats Ranofer several times in the story, but never graphically.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Gebu is mentioned as being drunk at one point, and wine and mead are mentioned briefly.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



'The Golden Goblet' is a highly entertaining read and the plot well thought out. Though the morality is questionable at times, it is well resolved in the end and easily explained to younger children.

Recommended for ages seven to twelve.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 3.5
Written for Age: 8-10

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