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The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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Apr 05, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

Two families merge into one and move into an old house in the country. Everything seems to be going well until the new stepsister Amanda moves in. Amanda is not your average teenage girl, after all she brings with her pet crow. Amanda tells the Stanley children she studies witchcraft and is willing to give them lessons on becoming witches themselves. The Stanley kids must endure all sorts of antics that have the potential to get them all in serious trouble. All seems fine until they realize their family is not the only inhabitants of the house. Is it Amanda causing all the mysterious happenings or have they opened the window into the dark underworld?

As a student I would find this book very interesting. There is plenty of foreshadowing so in the event you seem to forget where the story was headed you are reminded a few times throughout the story. There are plenty of twists and turns in the book and it is exciting to try to figure out who or what tis causing the haunting.

As a teacher this book is riddled with vocabulary words that would be great to include in a pre-reading activity. This would be a really interesting book to teach at Halloween based on the spook factor alond. The downfall is that this story has the witchcraft element and I am sure their will be parents who will find that to be a problem so a letter of approval would need to go home with each student prior to reading it.d.
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