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Below the Root by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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Mar 13, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2002

The Zilpha Keatly Snyder went up the waterspout....
Just had to get that out of my system

Bought Below the Root and And All Between for Madison from the used bookshop in Napanee over Christmas, and reread them both while I was there. Wish they'd had Until the Celebration; the trilogy needs an ending.

I can't have been much older than Madison when I read them last. 20 years ago? I remembered them vividly. I was a little surprised to find out that they read very much like my memories of them. Often when I reread childhood favourites I find that my imagination filled in details that I remember as if I'd read them, but can't find within the printed pages. Like, well, I can't find an example, but I know it has happened, books that seem so _thin_ on reread.

But these were very like. Only my perspectives had changed.

An interesting comparison with Pamela Dean's Dubious Hills; both are about societies restructured by some long-ago cabal in an attempt to eliminate the potential for violence. There's an unusual theme..
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