Zilpha Keatley Snyder





Zilpha Keatley Snyder


Born
in Lemoore, California, The United States
May 11, 1927

Died
October 08, 2014

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The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for "The Egypt Game," "The Headless Cupid," and "The Witches of Worm," Zilpha Keatley Snyder began writing books for children in 1964 when her first book, "A Season of Ponies," was published. Over the course of the career she completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for younger children and a book of poetry.

Average rating: 3.81 · 44,151 ratings · 2,626 reviews · 53 distinct works · Similar authors
The Egypt Game (Game, #1)

3.81 avg rating — 27,933 ratings — published 1967 — 24 editions
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The Headless Cupid (Stanley...

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3.85 avg rating — 3,157 ratings — published 1971 — 23 editions
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The Velvet Room

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4.23 avg rating — 1,799 ratings — published 1965 — 12 editions
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The Witches of Worm

3.69 avg rating — 1,867 ratings — published 1972 — 20 editions
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The Changeling

4.15 avg rating — 1,217 ratings — published 1970 — 14 editions
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The Gypsy Game (Game, #2)

3.46 avg rating — 1,289 ratings — published 1997 — 8 editions
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Below the Root (Green Sky, #1)

4.08 avg rating — 773 ratings — published 1975 — 8 editions
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Black and Blue Magic

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4.14 avg rating — 677 ratings — published 1966 — 13 editions
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And All Between (Green Sky,...

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The Bronze Pen

3.32 avg rating — 484 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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“Know all the Questions, but not the Answers
Look for the Different, instead of the Same
Never Walk where there's room for Running
Don't do anything that can't be a Game”
Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Changeling
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“There was that special smell made up of paper, ink, and dust; the busy hush; the endless luxury of thousands of unread books. Best of all was the eager itch of anticipation as you went out the door with your arms loaded down with books.”
Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Velvet Room

“Belief in mysteries, any manner of mysteries, is the only lasting luxury in life.”
Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Witches of Worm

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July 2016 Juvenile Genre BOM: Fantasy

The Well at the World's End by William Morris
The Well at the World's End by William Morris
Published in 1896
The Well at the World's End was among the very first of its kind--it is an epic romance of duplicity, machination, passion, and wizardry, and is, in short, a vast odyssey into the weird. It is a beautifully rich fantasy, a vibrant fairy tale without fairies. It is the most entrancing of William Morris's late romances--part futuristic fantasy novel, part old-fashioned fairy tale. Morris writes his magic love story with a sense of color and pattern, and the sheer imaginative fervor of one of the most brilliant decorative artists that has ever lived.

 
  3 votes, 42.9%

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Published in 1986 | Phoenix Award (Children's Literature Association) (2006), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (1987)
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

 
  2 votes, 28.6%

The Phoenix and the Carpet (Five Children, #2) by E. Nesbit
The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
Published in 1904 | RBC Taylor Prize (2002)
It's startling enough to have a phoenix hatch in your house, but even more startling when it talks and reveals that you have a magic carpet on the floor. The vain and ancient bird accompanies the children on a series of adventures through time and space. This book is a sequel to Five Children and It.

 
  2 votes, 28.6%

Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D by Andre Norton
Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D by Andre Norton
Published in 1951
Fors was a mutant. He did not know what drove him to explore the empty lands to the north, where the great skeleton ruins of the old civilization rusted away in the wreckage of mankind's hopes.
But he could not resist the urging that led him through danger and adventure, to the place where he faced the menace of the Star Men.
Two centuries after an atomic war on earth, a silver-haired mutant sets out on a dangerous search for a lost city of the ruined civilization.

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Published in 1972 | Newbery Honor (1973), National Book Award Finalist for Children's Books (1973)
Jessica has read enough books to know that her cat Worm must be a witch’s cat. He’s cast a spell on her, but to whom can she turn? After all, no one will believe that Worm has bewitched her . . . or worse.

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander
Published in 1963
Gareth's definitely no ordinary cat. For one thing, he can talk. For another, he's got the power to travel through time. And the instant he tells this to Jason, the two of them are in ancient Egypt, on the first of nine amazing adventures that Jason will never forget.

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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