Search Results: "Zilpha Keatley Snyder"


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AND CONDORS DANCED by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Sept. 18, 1987

"Carly's fascination with the great, ugly condors effectively captures turn-of-the-century California and creates a rhythm that connects the incidents in Carly's life and maintains the story's tension."
A bittersweet, old-fashioned story of a young girl growing up in Ventura County, Calif., in 1907. Read full book review >

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COME ON, PATSY by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Oct. 22, 1982

"This is incidental Zemach and incidental Snyder—but it's a sufficiently novel diversion, with the added educational value of a guided reading between the lines."
Elementary irony is the keynote of this very brief rhyming monologue in the seemingly upbeat, brisk and friendly words of a little girl inviting another, named Patsy, to play. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC NATION THING by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"While the themes are often belabored, this remains a lively, engaging read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Abby O'Malley does not want to be a private detective like her mother. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAYS by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 1999

"Pixie, in particular, is a character worthy of a tale all her own. (Fiction. 12-14)"
If there's a more unpleasant place to live in the universe than Rattler Springs, Nevada, Dani can't imagine it. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1991

"A thoughtful, smoothly written adventure."
In a setting that owes something to feudal Europe but more to pure fantasy, young Tymmon hides, terrified, while his court-jester father, Komus, is brutally kidnapped. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1988

"Simple prose and independent chapters make this appropriate for newly independent readers."
Seven stories about diminutive people—Tiddlers—who live in the forest, behaving a lot like STOMPERS (humans) but, like Borrowers, concealing themselves from them. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 7, 1973

"The gimmick isn't new but Snyder proficiently sustains the two levels of action and her melodic prose flows along in effortless cadences and unobtrusive internal rhymes."
"Long ago, when magic was everyday, instead of maybe. . . a princess lived in a huge castle, bigger even than McIver's barn. . ." and only the pictures (black for reality and purple for fantasy in the manner of Anglund's Little Cowboy books) indicate that this is really about a freckle faced farm gift who imagines the dangers dire and faithful steed and enchanted bird the text describes. Read full book review >

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THE BRONZE PEN by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"It's a solid, slightly old-fashioned inquiry into the power of the pen, the limits of hope and the necessity of dreams. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It seems quite natural for Audrey to follow the duck up the hill to the cave with the old woman in it. Read full book review >

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FOOL'S GOLD by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Entertaining, but well short of the author's best. (Fiction. 10-14)"
From a three-time Newbery Honor medalist, a carefully contrived fictional explication of the nature and treatment of phobias. Read full book review >

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A FABULOUS CREATURE by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: March 16, 1981

"Diane, also transparent from the start, is a stereotypical explorative flirt without style or subtlety; and when the first three-fourths of the book seems dominated by her yes-and-no manipulation of James, she becomes plain boring."
The delightful uncertainties and personalities of Snyder at her best are missing from this slightly older story, which could be said to deal with the temptations of the flesh. Read full book review >

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Released: March 9, 1977

"And if personalities fail to materialize (though Raamo himself is sacrificed near the end you won't really grieve, having identified chiefly with his views), character is consistently strong and shaded."
This third volume in Snyder's admirable Green-sky trilogy continues to mirror contemporary issues in a soundly realized future world. Read full book review >

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Released: March 20, 1974

"But second rate Synder is still more rewarding than most ghost stories, Amy's dreary everyday world makes the supernatural elements all the more convincing, and Jason's almost offhand comments about time make them easier to accept than a number of more pretentiously elaborate systems."
In Taylor Springs, California in 1938, Amy is not about to question either her mother's and aunt's narrowly religious view of life nor the general belief that Stone Hollow, site of an abandoned shack and death place of an Italian father and daughter and later a pair of bootleggers, is haunted. Read full book review >