Books by Alton Raible

THE WITCHES OF WORM by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Sept. 8, 1972

"There's some danger that adults will be as spooked by Jessica as she is by Worm's evil eye, but the cat's bewitchment proves a perfect medium for a sensitive, sympathetic probing of a disturbed child's fears and anger — and for a story that economically, seemingly effortlessly, captures the elusive eeriness of the supernatural."
Worm, the skinny gray crocodile-eyed cat, must be possessed by a demon; what else, Jessica reasons, could make her do all those nasty things — pushing Brandon's trumpet out the window, throwing her mother's fur trimmed dress in the washing machine and scaring Mrs. Post with that story about a prowler. Read full book review >
THE HEADLESS CUPID by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Sept. 10, 1971

"Later, unknown to the reformed Amanda, David discovers that four-year-old Blair had found and dropped the head; but before readers can register the let-down that commonly follows such rational explanation, a revelation from Blair (who has already demonstrated a talent for ESP) provides just the ambiguous ending needed to cap a roundly satisfying and judiciously grounded ghost story."
Old ghosts are ingeniously resurrected when eleven-year-old David Stanley's father remarries and a new stepsister, Amanda, comes to live in the family's recently purchased house, where a cupid on the bannister has been mysteriously headless since previous residents endured a poltergeist manifestation in 1896. Read full book review >
THE EGYPT GAME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: March 21, 1967

"Because the episode is handled with restraint, We can only question, not condemn; the decision is yours."
Offbeat kids, in dialogue, ingenious pretense and attendant complications—all the elements for ten, eleven-year-old enjoyment, and then a problem: a criminally insane killer of children. Read full book review >