The Golden Goblet - by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
1962 Newbery Honor Title
Orphaned Egyptian boy, left in the care of his older brother, desires to learn the trade of the goldsmith in whose shop he serves. The older brother, who suddenly shows the trappings of wealth, has plans to instead apprentice the boy to stonecutters. Excellent introduction to the every-day lives of Egyptian tradespeople as they toiled to build the pyramids. Also includes an exciting trip to the Valley of the Kings and the bane of Egyptian pharaohs, tomb robbers!