Search Results: "Zilpha Keatley Snyder"


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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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BLAIR'S NIGHTMARE by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: March 9, 1984

"The family mix continues to work its charm, the personalities to unfold independently—with more to be seen or heard, it appears, of Blair's elusive friend Harriet."
The Stanleys are back from Italy (The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case), more-or-less resettled in the Westerly House (The Headless Cupid)—where David, a shaky 13, doesn't know what to make of family-fantasizer Blair's nightly jaunts to see a dog in the yard. . . or how to deal with hulking, taunting classmate Pete Garvey. 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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Released: Oct. 19, 1979

"A lively, likable family adventure, a bit slow to hit its stride and not as ingenious as The Headless Cupid, but still crackling with the Stanley family's distinctive charm and energy."
The Stanley family we all remember from Snyder's highly successful The Headless Cupid (1971) gets a year in Italy when stepmother Molly's expatriate uncle leaves her money that has to be spent there. 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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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 >

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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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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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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: 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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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 >