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A Fabulous Creature

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Torn between his love for a girl who likes to hunt and his appreciation of an enormous buck, fifteen-year-old James almost creates a disaster during a summer in the Sierras.
Paperback, 249 pages
Published December 1988 by Dell Publishing (first published 1981)
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Kaion
Jul 03, 2010 Kaion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much of the power of Zilpha Keatley Snyder's A Fabulous Creature comes with the subtlety she weaves through the landscape of the Sierra Nevadas.

James Fielding is less than thrilled his parents when his parents get the rare bout of “happy-boyhood theory”-itus and instigate a summer retreat in the wilderness. But he surprises himself with how quickly his apathy towards nature is quickly overturned by his discovery of its beauties… not least of which is a majestic stag. And what starts out as an ob
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Fence
Mar 06, 2016 Fence rated it really liked it
James Fielding was not at all happy when his parents decided to spend the summer in “the wilderness”, his plans had included girls and learning to talk to them, not nature. But once he got over his stubbornness he discovered that he enjoyed the wild. The landscape, the animals. And especially one deer, a magnificent stag that he comes across in a hidden valley, and over time, as he brings it food, grows accustomed to James’ presence. Not only does it tolerate him, it comes to greet him.

And then
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Stuart
Jan 22, 2015 Stuart rated it really liked it
Snyder's coming of age tale about a teenage boy and his sexual awakening is, for the most part, sensitively told, and she does a fine job of bringing his voice into the third person narrative of the book, making it feel like a more personal story while still allowing the distance that helps it skirt moments that might otherwise feel a little bit twee. Though it can stray into the cliche, the characters feel real and developed, complex, and all of them are interesting, from the three leads to the ...more
Stephanie A.
Jul 21, 2012 Stephanie A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love reading summertime stories in the summer. This one featured a boy spending his vacation at a summer cabin in the Sierras (or rather more of a cabin development, with a central compound, tennis courts, swimming pool, etc), and worked the title metaphor as much as it could to apply to both to a majestic wild stag, and the hot girl in a pink bikini he meets the first day.

I kept blinking and having to remind myself that this was in fact published in 1981, because especially for a female auth
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Marcy
Sep 28, 2014 Marcy rated it it was ok
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This book is entirely inappropriate for younger readers.
Kate
Aug 05, 2011 Kate added it
Revisiting a favourite childhood author (how nerdy am I?), amazed by the sexual content, is this really appropriate for young teen readers? Love the nature themes.
Kailey
Apr 20, 2015 Kailey rated it it was ok
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Wonderful story and interesting characters! I loved it! But I was surprised at the rather mild sexual references that wouldn't be appropriate for young teens.
Kate
May 27, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread the copy I accidentally stole from the library at age ten. I love when childhood favorites hold up twenty years later.
Arlene
Jan 07, 2008 Arlene rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Zilpha Keatley Snyder is always worth reading.
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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 has been writing books for children since 1964 when her first book, "A Season of Ponies," was published. Since that time she has completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for young ...more
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