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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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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CAT RUNNING by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The moving conclusion is tempered with a bracing reality."
In Depression-era California, Cat's the fastest in her school; but when Father, citing a minister's proscription, refuses to buy her slacks to wear in a race, she chooses not to compete. Read full book review >

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HEIRS OF DARKNESS by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Oct. 16, 1978

"She does escape, of course, and tolerant fans of dumb-damsels-in-dire-distress will be able to escape for a while with this first adult effort by a familiar presence in juveniles."
A sturdy but slow-moving and rather shrill contemporary gothic: young widow and wee child trapped on farm with creepy in-laws. Read full book review >

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THE CHANGELING by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Sept. 8, 1979

"But once magicked, the reader is not to be dislodged by a topical intrusion or a Cinderella (re)version."
However palpable, Zilpha Snyder's world is always at an intriguing remove from reality; and when, as in The Egypt Game, her characters plunge intensely into make-believe, there are few girls who will not plummet after. 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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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 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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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 >