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The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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Jul 16, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: children-young-adult, newberry-honor
Read in July, 2008

I originally started reading The Headless Cupid about ten years ago, but then had to stop because I had to return it to the library or something. I began reading on the recommendation of a friend, and didn't remember particularly liking it, which made me more afraid that, despite the fact that it's a Newbery Honor book, that I wouldn't like it, just like childhood cartoons that we've cherished don't hold up to the scrutiny of our older minds. However, I did like The Headless Cupid, not only because the Stanley children are so lovable, with such characterizing quirks that let you know that the author has spent much time with young children, but also because it deals simply, and not too cheesily with the way that preteens might feel about a parent's death, a parent's remarriage, relocation, and forming relationships with step-siblings. The novel was also well-written, although at a little higher reading level than for 4th and 5th graders.

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