Life in the trees of Green-sky is easy and peaceful, but in the caverns below the forest floor, Teera must fight for her survivalWhile the Kindar thrive in the leafy utopia of Green-sky, the Erdlings struggle to survive in their underground caves and tunnels. Hunger threatens, and Teera, an eight-year-old Erdling, is forced to run away before her pet, Haba, is killed for food. Once away, Teera finds her way to the beautiful forest floor, where the sights are breathtaking and the food is abundant. There, she meets the friendly Ol-zhaan Raamo and Neric. Teera and her new Ol-zhaan friends want to reveal the truth about life above and below the trees, but powerful forces are at work to ensure that the two worlds remain apart. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
A moving coming-of-age story from three-time Newbery Medal winner Zilpha Keatley SnyderThe tenth day of June in the year of Our Lord, 1907. Mehitabel Carlton Hartwick becomes invisible . . .Eleven-year-old Carly Hartwick lives a life of adventure on her family's ranch in Santa Luisa. No one has a clue about her secret life--not her strict father, her ailing, distracted mother, her older sister, or her older brother. Carly shares her adventures with her faithful dog, Tiger, and documents their exploits in her journal. She loves visiting her aunt Mehitabel and hearing the story of her Chinese servant's danger-filled immigration to California during the gold rush. And soon she and Tiger have a real-life mystery to solve: Who bombed a float during the annual Fourth of July parade?This fateful summer and fall, two tragedies will test Carly's courage and forever alter her views on life and death.Culled from Snyder's mother's memories of growing up in this slice of rural Southern California, And Condors Danced introduces a heroine with a big imagination and an even bigger heart.This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Raamo has been chosen to rule Green-sky, but to uncover the secrets of his people, he'll have to dig deep--very deepGreen-sky is an ideal place. Violence doesn't exist. Its citizens, the Kindar, glide from tree to tree and exchange happy thoughts. This is all thanks to their rulers, the Ol-zhaan. And on his thirteenth birthday, Raamo D'ok is chosen to become one of the Ol-zhaan. Raamo is surprised to be named a Chosen. He isn't a very good student--but the Ol-zhaan believe he has strong Spirit-force. But during his training, Raamo discovers that these good rulers aren't as benevolent as they appear. They harbor secrets about his people, his family, and what lies below the forest floor. Now Raamo must decide: Should he keep the peace, or reveal the secrets that the Ol-zhaan have protected for so long? This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Summer is just a teenager, but sometimes she feels like the parentFifteen-year-old Summer McIntyre lives with her mother, Oriole, and seven-year-old sister, Sparrow, in a trailer in Alvarro Bay City, overlooking the Pacific. Oriole is a Northern California flower child who fantasizes about being at one with nature and forgets about needing money. Even though she's only fifteen, Summer is good at being Mom.That is, until Oriole's new boyfriend upsets the precarious balance in their lives. Suddenly Summer has to protect her family as she copes with the dangers of drug-smuggling, blackmailing, and even terrorism.Set during the 1980s, The Birds of Summer is the story of a teenager with the responsibilities of adulthood thrust upon her shoulders, who learns how to adapt . . . and how to survive. Winner of the PEN Literary Award and the Parents' Choice Award.This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Harry Houdini Marco had a difficult life when he was a normal, clumsy twelve-year-old--but growing wings made things even harderExcept for his unusual name, Harry Houdini Marco is unremarkable in every way. While his namesake was the greatest illusionist of all time, Harry can't even catch a ball. He is on the verge of a long, boring summer--and he is dreading every moment of it. Then he meets a mysterious traveling salesman named Mr. Mazzeeck. But Mr. Mazzeeck is more than a traveling salesman, he's a wizard--at least, he claims to be. Before he leaves town, Mr. Mazzeeck gives Harry a bottle of magical oil, saying that the potion will give him wings. And to Harry's amazement, the oil works: He gets wings! Now he just has to figure out how to use them. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
A giant Irish wolfhound might be the dog of David's dreams in the third book in the Stanley Family series, a companion to The Headless Cupid, from three-time Newbery Honor winner Zipha Keatley Snyder.With five children, a raven, and a pet turkey named King Tut, the Stanley house is full-to-bursting. But David desperately wants a dog--even though his dad has forbidden another pet. So when Blair begins sleepwalking and having dreams of an enormous dog that comes to the house every night, David assumes Blair just wants a dog too. But what if Blair's Nightmare, as the kids quickly name the dog, isn't only a dream? Is Nightmare the dog they've always wanted? And how can the kids keep him--without letting their parents know?
Who stole the buried treasure?Carlos Garcia, Eddy Wong, and Bucky Brockhurst are building a brand-new private clubhouse when they stumble upon buried treasure. No sooner have they hauled the old metal box out of the ground than Bucky's irritating kid sister, Muffy, shows up and tells him he has to come home.Left alone with the box, Carlos and Eddy manage to pry it open. It's filled with hundreds of gold coins! Knowing Bucky will be furious that they opened it without him, the boys dump it back into the ground. But when the fifth graders return later that night to dig it up again, all they find is an old bone.What happened to the treasure? And who buried the bone? Was it Lump, the Garcias' enormous Saint Bernard? Susie Garcia, Athena Pappas, and Muffy Brockhurst (the meanest girl in school) also want to know. As the search for the box heats up, turning everyone against one another, will the three PROs lose the treasure--and their friendship?This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Twelve-year-old Audrey Abbott dreams of becoming a writer, but with her father's failing health and the family's shaky finances, it seems there is no room for what her overworked mother would surely call a childish fantasy. So Audrey keeps her writing a secret. That is, until she meets a mysterious old woman who seems able to read her mind. Audrey is surprised at how readily she reveals her secret to the woman.
When eleven-year-old Cat Kinsey builds a secret hideout to escape her unhappy home life, she slowly gets to know a poor family who have come to California after losing their Texas home to the dust storms of the 1930s.
An award-winning, thoughtful, and moving glimpse into life during the DepressionCat is the fastest kid at her school--and with Play Day is coming up soon, she will be able to show off her speed to everybody. Unfortunately, her old-fashioned father forbids her to wear pants, even while playing sports. So Cat refuses to race, and Zane, an Okie boy whose family works on a nearby farm, wins. Cat is furious that Zane is so fast, and angry that he was able to beat all the sixth-grade boys, even in his bare feet. Though Cat hates Zane at the start, soon the two become friends. They are the school's best runners, after all. But while Cat's family is doing well, Zane's family has lost everything in the Depression. All Cat can offer Zane's family is sympathy and friendship . . . until Zane's sister gets pneumonia and Cat and Zane are forced into a race for the little girl's life. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Ivy and Martha are not ordinary friends, Ivy is changeling with supernatural powers--or is she?Martha is incredibly unpopular. She's overweight, buck-toothed, and shy. Ivy is an outcast. Her family lives on the outskirts of town amid a field of derelict orchards. But starting in second grade, the girls form a bond that allows them to take control of their own lives. It all begins when Ivy tells Martha that she is no ordinary girl: She claims she's a changeling, switched with the real Ivy at birth. With the strength of Ivy's friendship, Martha becomes more confident and sure of herself. And through their bond, Ivy gains the normalcy she needs, away from life with her tumultuous family. When the two girls play, they enter an elaborate fantasy world all their own. But when the real world threatens to split them apart, their friendship becomes more important than ever. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Ivy Carson belonged to the notorious Carson family, which lived in a run-down house in suburban Rosewood. But Ivy was not a typical Carson. There was something wonderful about her. Ivy explains it by saying that she's a changeling, a child of supernatural parents who had been exchanged for the real Ivy Carson at birth.
Introducing the Castle Court Kids from three-time Newbery Honor author Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Fast-paced and funny, with lots of dialogue, this is the first in a four-book series about a neighborhood group of ethnically-diverse kids that will also look at contemporary issues.
It's the girls against the boys when the fight for a baseball diamond erupts into an all-out warFifth graders Eddy Wong, Carlos Garcia, and Bucky "Buckaroo" Brockhurst all live in the Castle Court apartment complex. They're part of a special club called the PROs. They plan to build a baseball diamond on the site of the deserted Dragoman property and are already picking out balls, mitts, and bats.Kate Nicely and Aurora and Athena Pappas also live at Castle Court. They believe the vacant lot is a magical grove and a perfect haven for unicorns. No way are they letting those insensitive boys cut down their precious trees. The girls hold a council meeting in the Pappas gazebo to plot their next move. Families take sides. And the full-scale battle to claim the land begins.This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she's not sure they have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard, Melanie and April decide it's the perfect spot for the Egypt Game. Before long there are six Egyptians, and they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code. Everyone thinks it's just a game until strange things start happening. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?<P><P> Newbery Medal Honor Book
Newbery Medal winner Zilpha Keatley Snyder delves into the paranormal in this story of a teenage boy who makes an extraordinary discoveryThe whole thing started six years ago when Dion James was around eight or nine. He got a shoe-shining gig on the corner of Palm and Eighth, outside the big glass-and-bronze doors of Alcott-Simpson's department store. With his unruly hair and bad limp from polio, Dion looked like a refugee. Envisioning himself one day working at Alcott-Simpson's, he cleans up his act and starts dressing better. Fourteen-year-old Dion still dreams of working at the luxury department store when he sees a girl with big black eyes and long black hair pursued by store detectives for stealing a sweater. A few days later, Dion is in the store when he hears a scream, and all hell breaks loose. Locked in after the store empties out, Dion sees a familiar figure: the sweater thief. Her name is Sara, and soon she and Dion are eyewitnesses to a bizarre series of events that have no rational explanation.Who is Sara? And why is there a pair of eyes in the mink-lined fishbowl?This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Fifteen-year-old James has just discovered the magnificence of nature--but can he protect it from the phoniness of the material world?When his academic-minded parents decide to forsake civilization for a wilderness summer in the Sierra Nevada mountains, James Fielding figures he'll be counting the minutes until it's over. But in the woods one day, he comes upon a magnificent deer and becomes fascinated by its majesty and beauty. Then he meets two very different girls. Thirteen-year-old Griffin Donahue is "pure and free and beautiful." Diane Jarrett is a tanned, "hot-pink-bikinied" goddess. Griffin is at one with nature. Diane is slumming at the nearby exclusive camp, with its decadent luxury and A-list guests. When these two worlds collide, threatening the existence of the stag, James embarks on a quest to find a friend who's gone missing--and to save a life.This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Kidnappers in Italy have their hands full when the captive American children advise them on running a better kidnapping and on proper nutrition.
For as long as he can remember, people have warned Rudy and other kids in the neighborhood not to play in Pyramid Hill's abandoned gold mines. Even Rudy's best friend, Barney, a true daredevil, won't go near those cavernous deathtraps.
For as long as he can remember, people have warned Rudy not to play in the mines . . .Fourteen-year-old Rudy Drummond lives with his mother and half sisters, Margot and Moira--"the M and M's"--in Pyramid Hill, California's legendary gold rush town. But Rudy's got a secret: He's terrified of dark, closed-in places. So when his best friend, Barney, and Tyler, the new kid in town, decide to explore the abandoned Pritchard's Hole mine, Rudy has to come up with an excuse for why he can't go without arousing their suspicions.He tries everything, from babysitting Margot and Moira to giving a girl named Heather horseback riding lessons. But Rudy can't stop the other boys from venturing into the forbidden mine shaft--an expedition that brings back memories of being buried alive. During this summer vacation, Rudy will struggle to overcome his fears, fall in love, and become a hero as he makes life-changing discoveries about himself, his family, and his friends. A Junior Library Guild selection.This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
It's almost Halloween, and the Castle Court Kids are ready to raise some ghostsThe old Anderson barn is haunted. According to sixteen-year-old Bettina Katzenbach, the ghosts of Addie Anderson and her bandit boyfriend return every Halloween. Enthralled by the sad story of the doomed, centuries-old romance, Kate Nicely and Aurora Pappas hatch a plot to see the phantom lovers for themselves.Their scheme is thwarted by the other Castle Court Kids, who are trying to horn in on the action. Eddy Wong, Carlos Garcia, and Bucky Brockhurst have their own plan for raising the spirits. So do their younger sisters and brothers. How are the ghosts supposed to rest easy with an invasion of Castle Court Kids? To top it all off, their parents just came up with the brilliant idea that they all go trick-or-treating together.But on this Halloween of chills and thrills, strange creatures walk the night . . .This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Eleven-year-old Matthew Hamilton -- a.k.a. The Hamster -- is new in town, and just about the first thing he does is get lost in the woods of Rathburn Park. It's a typical boneheaded thing to do, and Matt is trying to decide whether starvation is preferable to the embarrassment of a rescue party when a little dog trots past him. Matt senses that the dog wants him to follow, but as soon as they emerge from the trees, the dog vanishes. Matt keeps wondering about the dog as he starts to learn more about the town's strange past. Owned by a wealthy family named Rathburn, the whole town burned down decades ago and was rebuilt nearby. The old ruins are still hidden in the forest, too rickety and dangerous to go near. But they are also best avoided for another reason -- ghosts. Still, Matt can't resist looking for the dog, and as he's looking, he meets a girl dressed in antique clothes who calls herself Amelia Rathburn. Are she and the dog both ghosts? Or is there another explanation for the strange goings-on in Rathburn Park?
Eleven-year-old Matt comes face to face with his town's haunted pastMatthew Hamilton--a.k.a. the Hamster--and his family recently moved to Timber City. More of a loner than his older brother and sister, Matt gets lost when he wanders away from the town's annual July Fourth picnic into nearby Rathburn Park. He is rescued by a white mutt with shaggy hair and pointed ears. Matt follows him into a clearing, but the dog vanishes.According to legend, Rathburn Park is haunted. Weirded out by his experience but unable to stay away, Matt returns to the ruins. In a burned-out church, a girl in a hat and old-fashioned ruffled dress appears. She warns him to leave if he wants to stay alive. Her name is Amelia Rathburn. But when Matt looks her up, he discovers that she is one hundred years old.Is Amelia a ghost from the past? Or someone a lot more human? The truth is stranger than Matt could ever imagine.This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Amy's new town holds a secret far more wondrous than she could ever imagineTaylor Springs is the place where Amy's family grew up, and it felt like her hometown even before she moved there. But there is one place that her family left out of their stories: the supposedly haunted Stone Hollow, a hidden valley with an old, deserted cottage. And though Amy is curious, she can't get a straight answer about it from anyone--well, anyone except Jason. Jason has explored Stone Hollow, and he doesn't think it's haunted. He has a different theory: He believes it's a place where time folds and moves over itself, replaying scenes and moments from the past. And sometimes, the past comes back in unexpected and unwanted ways. Amy doesn't believe Jason at first, but soon she realizes that things aren't always as they seem. Could Jason be right about the secret of Stone Hollow? This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Gib Whittaker is leaving the Lovell House Orphanage for the second time in his young life. He's going back to live with the Thornton family, who are free to take him in again now that Mr. Thornton has died. Life has changed on the old ranch, and Gib can go to school. But he's still doing all the chores in the barn and stable. He's not exactly farmed-out labor anymore, but will he be adopted for real this time? Luckily Gib has his beloved horses to care for, especially the beautiful thoroughbred, Black Silk. Then one day a strange horse gallops in out of a snowstorm, a handsome dapple-gray who has been severely whipped and starved. He's frightened and dangerous. Gib knows he must find some way to save this magnificent horse -- and in the attempt, he finds one place where he will always belong.