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Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1927–2014)

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Zilpha Keatley Snyder was born in Lemoore, California on May 11, 1927. She received a B.A. from Whittier College in 1948. While ultimately planning to be a writer, after graduation she decided to teach school temporarily. However, she found teaching to be an extremely rewarding experience and vis mere taught in the upper elementary grades for a total of nine years. After all of her children were in school, she began to think of writing again. Her first book, Season of Ponies, was published in 1964. She wrote more than 40 books during her lifetime including The Trespassers, Gib Rides Home, Gib and the Gray Ghost, and William's Midsummer Dreams. She has won numerous awards including three Newbery Honor books for The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid and The Witches of Worm and the 1995 John and Patricia Beatty Award for Cat Running. She died of complications from a stroke on October 08, 2014 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre


Værker af Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Egypt Game (1967) 4,721 eksemplarer
The Headless Cupid (1971) 1,065 eksemplarer
The Witches of Worm (1972) 903 eksemplarer
The Gypsy Game (1997) 609 eksemplarer
The Velvet Room (1965) 497 eksemplarer
Gib Rides Home (1998) 375 eksemplarer
The Changeling (1970) 365 eksemplarer
Black and Blue Magic (1966) 318 eksemplarer
Below the Root (1975) 302 eksemplarer
The Trespassers (1995) 281 eksemplarer
Cat Running (1994) 275 eksemplarer
The Treasures of Weatherby (2006) 267 eksemplarer
Libby on Wednesday (1990) 259 eksemplarer
Gib and the Gray Ghost (2000) 238 eksemplarer
And All Between (1976) 236 eksemplarer
The Bronze Pen (2008) 232 eksemplarer
Until the Celebration (1977) 199 eksemplarer
The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case (1979) 187 eksemplarer
The Unseen (2004) 178 eksemplarer
The Runaways (1999) 159 eksemplarer
Blair's Nightmare (1815) 149 eksemplarer
Song of the Gargoyle (1991) 144 eksemplarer
The Truth About Stone Hollow (1974) 127 eksemplarer
And Condors Danced (1987) 106 eksemplarer
Season of Ponies (1964) 106 eksemplarer
William S. and the Great Escape (2009) 103 eksemplarer
Fool's Gold (1993) 94 eksemplarer
Janie's Private Eyes (1989) 90 eksemplarer
A Fabulous Creature (1981) 89 eksemplarer
Eyes in the Fishbowl (1968) 78 eksemplarer
The Ghosts of Rathburn Park (2002) 65 eksemplarer
The Magic Nation Thing (2005) 56 eksemplarer
Spyhole Secrets (2001) 56 eksemplarer
The Birds of Summer (1983) 40 eksemplarer
William's Midsummer Dreams (2011) 35 eksemplarer
The Changing Maze (1985) 33 eksemplarer
The Box and the Bone (1995) 22 eksemplarer
The Diamond War (1995) 17 eksemplarer
Squeak Saves the Day (1988) 11 eksemplarer
The Princess and the Giants (1973) 11 eksemplarer
Heirs of Darkness (1978) 10 eksemplarer
Secret Weapons (1995) 8 eksemplarer
Ghost Invasion (1995) 8 eksemplarer
Today is Saturday (1969) 7 eksemplarer
Come On, Patsy (1982) 6 eksemplarer
The Green Sky Trilogy (1985) 4 eksemplarer

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Funny You Should Ask (1992) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer

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BooksInMirror | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2024 |
All Gib ever wanted was to be adopted, but life with a family isn’t quite what he thought it would be. Gib was sent to an orphanage when he was six years old, and with each year, he knows it becomes less likely that he will be adopted into a loving family.
BLTSbraille | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jan 25, 2024 |
This is a ghost story and a character study of an adolescent girl (she's 12) acting all sullen and teenager-y. We see her through the eyes of her younger (he's 11) step-brother who is far more earnest, considerate, and mature. Amanda is what we would now call goth. She missed it by 20 years, but she would've been very into The Craft. When her parents divorce and she's forced to live with her mom's new husband and family, she is clearly unhappy but takes the opportunity to try to induct her new siblings into the occult. There is someone in the family who may have actual supernatural powers, but it's not Amanda.

One very cringe thing that happens in this book is that Amanda gets her little step-siblings to do what she wants by playing "slave and slavedriver." She plays at whipping them to get them do the gardening. Shudder.

Amanda is not the only interesting character in the book. Janie the talkative, dramatic 6yo is a hoot. The 4yo twins Blair and Tesser each have distinct personalities. The grown-ups feel quite real and nuanced. David, the POV character, is exactly what parents want their kids to be without being too good to be true. He observes Amanda carefully and her character is revealed through his observations.

I read this because Lemony Snicket praised it in [b:Poison for Breakfast|56769614|Poison for Breakfast|Lemony Snicket|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1613788183l/56769614._SY75_.jpg|59679665].
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LibrarianDest | 23 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
Zilpha Keatley Snyder's marvelous Green Sky Trilogy, begun in Below the Root and continued in And All Between, comes to a conclusion in this third and final installment of the story. Opening shortly after the events of the previous book, in which Uniforce returned to the Kindar in the form of the children Pomma and Teera, and the secret society of Geets-kel renounced their opposition to the Rejoyning of the Kindar and Erdling peoples, the story here kicks off as the leaders of Orbora are informed of the astonishing history that had been kept from them. All does not go quite as the Rejoyners hope however, and the book chronicles the first year after these revelations, as the Erdlings are released from their subterranean prison, and gradually join the above-ground Kindar world. The ongoing tensions between the two groups, and the challenges faced by those hoping for their integration—resistant factions on both the Kindar and Erdling sides, the seeming disappearance of Pomma and Teera, and the theft of the dangerous tool of violence—are chronicled, as events lead up to the Celebration—the one year anniversary of Green Sky's Rejoyning. Can Raamo and his friends triumph, and finally defeat the ancestral specter of violence their society was founded to escape from, and what price must they pay to do so...?

Although there are some flaws in Until the Celebration, as well as in The Green Sky Trilogy in general, I nevertheless enjoyed this conclusion to Snyder's story immensely. As with its predecessors, I found the world of the Kindar and Erdlings to be a fascinating one, appreciating all of the details regarding customs, rituals and beliefs, and the way these varied between the two groups. I thought Snyder did an excellent job depicting the disillusionment experienced by the Kindar, when some of the central tenets of their belief system—the evil nature of the Pash-shan, the infallibility and goodness of the Ol-zhaan—fell away. The way in which they subsequently latched on to the two children, Pomma and Teera, as figures with spiritual meaning, was astutely captured, revealing the way in which people need and desire symbols of hope and strength. Raamo's perceptive understanding that there is a danger in this veneration of the children may be proved correct in the end, but it also reinforces the original idea, that belief and ritual, especially of a spiritual and/or religious nature, is often necessary for peaceful and just societies. I was also greatly impressed by the storytelling decision Snyder made, in killing off her hero. Other great stories have flirted with the idea—a prime example being the Harry Potter books—but I think in general it is very unusual to see this outcome, in a work intended for children. Which isn't to say that children's fiction never addresses death, but when it does, it is usually the focus of the story, which tends to center around grief and loss. Here the focus is on sacrifice, even if done inadvertently, and I think it was a bold choice on Snyder's part. I have read that she regretted the end of this book, so it may be that she changed her mind after the fact, but in the telling, she clearly felt that sacrifice and loss were an essential part of her tale.

All of this being said, despite my great enjoyment of and appreciation for this series, I must admit that it suffers from some structural issues that prevent it from being quite as outstanding as it would otherwise have been. I think the trouble starts in the second book, And All Between, which covers much of the same material as in the first book, Below the Root. While I didn't dislike this "repetition" as much as some other online reviewers—I enjoyed seeing some of the same events from the Erdling perspective—given the fact that I found this third book somewhat rushed, covering too much in too few pages, I think that either this decision in the second book to go back and retell part of the story ought to have been reconsidered, or that this third book ought to have been expanded, and made into two books. There was simply too much going on here, and not enough attention paid to any of it, to truly satisfy. I also felt that the conclusion of the book was somehow off. Raamo's death, which should have been the climax of the story, was overshadowed by the return of Pomma and Teera. The latter also felt rushed, in and of itself, and I couldn't help feeling that the experiences of the two girls ought to have been its own storyline, within the book, rather than relayed briefly after the fact. Of course, despite these structural flaws, I do truly love this series as a whole, and consider the first book (Below the Root) practically perfect. Highly recommended to any younger (or older) reader who enjoys fantasy, science fiction, dystopian fiction, or just thoughtful, more philosophical fiction in general.
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AbigailAdams26 | 6 andre anmeldelser | Nov 12, 2023 |


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