Search Results: "Zilpha Keatley Snyder"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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LIBBY ON WEDNESDAY by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: March 1, 1990

"A grand, multileveled novel."
Five seventh-grade winners of a writing competition are required to form a creative writing workshop where their diversity—which at first makes them unwilling, even hostile, collaborators—eventually draws them together as friends. Read full book review >

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BELOW THE ROOT by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: March 12, 1975

"Greensky is a bit too ritualized and bloodless for our taste and we miss the stronger personalities of Snyder's previous, less highly evolved characters, but as revisionist fantasy this is worth the trip."
The future-fantasy world of Greensky — where a race called Kindar, clad in winged shubas, practice daily ceremonies of Love, Peace and Joy in their grundtree-top nid-places and children in the Garden exercise the skills of pensing, teleporting and grunspreking — is a long way from Snyder's usual contemporary settings, but the concerns and attitudes expressed here are less remote. Read full book review >

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TODAY IS SATURDAY by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: March 21, 1969

"Poems of varying appeal in a frame that limits reference."
"There's nothing sloppier, slipperier, floppier./ There's nothing slickier, stickier, thickier,/ There's nothing quickier to make grown-ups sickier,/ Trulier coolier,/ Than wonderful mud." Read full book review >

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EYES IN THE FISHBOWL by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: March 20, 1968

"Probably this will get across to girls more readily than to boys because they want to believe; underneath there is something to believe in."
A boy who dreams of having a luxury department store at his disposal discovers that the dream is more real than the store; a boy who resents his father's fondness for lame ducks and casual living decides that rebellion is "a doorway and not a destination": one boy, two variously likely stories, a dubious connection. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >