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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WILLIAM'S MIDSUMMER DREAMS by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2011

"An adventure story with a lot to say about identity, ambition and character. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Set in the quaint town of Gold Beach in the 1930s, this sequel picks up right where William S. and the Great Escape (2009) left off. Read full book review >

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SPYHOLE SECRETS by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2001

"For all its obviousness, it is a deftly told story with sympathetic characters, from one of the real veterans in the field. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Voyeurism becomes a route to healing for a girl overwhelmed with grief. Read full book review >

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GIB RIDES HOME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"A good look at the period, with moments that are searing, and a heartfelt author's note that readers are sure to find particularly compelling. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Snyder (The Gypsy Game, 1997, etc.) recreates life in a boy's orphanage at the dawn of this century in a sobering and poignant novel. Read full book review >

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THE GYPSY GAME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Otherwise, the dubiousness of kids of varying ages playing together and dearth of helpful background relegate this to a just-average mystery. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A sequel to the The Egypt Game (1967) again features April and Melanie, who have a club with four other children of different ages. Read full book review >