The main characters of "The Egypt Game," by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, are Melanie Ross, April Hall, Marshall Ross, Elizabeth Chung and the Professor. They are joined in the later parts of the book by Toby Alvillar and Ken Kamata.
The main characters of "The Egypt Game" are drawn together by a game focused on researching and enacting ancient Egyptian belief systems and rituals. The four children, Melanie, April, Marshall and Elizabeth, make their own Egypt in the storage yard behind the Professor's antique shop. Toby and Ken join the game later in the novel, after initial disinterest on Ken's part.
The characters explore concepts of secrecy, fantasy, security and recovery from loss as major themes in the novel.