• Title: The Headless Cupid
  • Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Headless Cupid David is curious about meeting Amanda the daughter of his new stepmother Molly When Amanda arrives David is immediately intrigued Amanda is a student of the occult complete with a ceremonial costum
    David is curious about meeting Amanda, the daughter of his new stepmother, Molly When Amanda arrives, David is immediately intrigued Amanda is a student of the occult complete with a ceremonial costume and a crow named Rolor Before long, Amanda has recruited David and his younger siblings into joining her in her studies When she sets out to prove that there s a ghostDavid is curious about meeting Amanda, the daughter of his new stepmother, Molly When Amanda arrives, David is immediately intrigued Amanda is a student of the occult complete with a ceremonial costume and a crow named Rolor Before long, Amanda has recruited David and his younger siblings into joining her in her studies When she sets out to prove that there s a ghost in the house, David can t be sure if she s serious Could the ghost be the real thing, or is it just Amanda s rather strange sense of humor A 1972 Newbery Honor Book.

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    1. This modern classic about witchcraft, family and fantasy is both exciting and deeply imaginative. The Headless Cupid is undeniably worth reading and despite being released decades ago it's hardly dated in the slightest.

    2. Me and my reading nostalgia. The Headless Cupid was my first Zilpha Keatley Snyder book and made her my favorite author from when I couldn't remember how to say her name right let alone spell it to when I discovered Redwall. All grown up now, this is definitely one of her best books, striking the perfect balance between troubled youth and the supernatural. Snyder knows that the kids aren't alright, and that is what makes her books worth reading. Because yes, it's true that her plots aren't intri [...]

    3. I was 12 when I first picked up this book, I had just move hundreds of miles away from my home to a new school new step family and knew nobody. Honestly I only desided to read it because the two main characters were David and Amanda. David and Amanda were the names of 2 cousins I missed very much.But after that it was the story that carried it, it was the very first book I read completely and then read again. I fell in love with the characters as well as the author. At the time 1989 I could only [...]

    4. The Headless Cupid exists in the same eerie world as Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Witch books Witch's Sister and The Ghost Next Door or Lois Duncan's Summer of Fear (The Children of Green Knowe has this flavor as well, only more gothic and less suspenseful). Snyder was one of the masters of the craft of children's literature; The Headless Cupid continues to hold up really well. It's deliciously slow, and like the best suspense and ghost stories, tricky. She uses David, her main character, and his t [...]

    5. A recently blended family getting to know one another. A resentful girl with an interest in the occult. Amusing little kids. A big, old house.I think what marks this out as a novel of the 70s is that the kids have all summer pretty much on their own. They're expected to appear for meals, but none of them has any playdates, or scheduled activities, nor do they have other kids around to play with. Just a long, empty summer to get into trouble. It's a fun book, less creepy than amusing in their eff [...]

    6. One of the rare books that I loved as a kid that still holds up upon reading as an adult. David's new step-mom has a daughter, Amanda, who is quite taken with the occult and also not terribly pleased with being moved to the country to live with her new family. Amanda decides to make the kids her "neophytes" and initiate them into magic and spells. However, a real supernatural occurrence is more than she, or anyone, bargained for. I never knew when I was a kid that this was the first in a series [...]

    7. At one of the library's booksales, I picked up a bunch of books that I liked or were super-popular when I was in elementary school. This is the first one I've actually read, and it was fun to indulge the nostalgia. While resolution at the end was a little too quick, I thought, the rest of it was still good!

    8. Found this when I was looking for a book for Miles - I loved this book when I was a kid. Guess what, I still like it! Good writing, good messages, and a poltergeist storyline to hold interest.

    9. One of my favorite books when I was younger, any fan of ghost stories or paranormal mysteries should really enjoy this.David Stanley tries his hardest to play the ultimate big brother to his three very different young siblings. With their mother dead, and their father often away working and preparing for remarriage, he is the one they look up to. But David is about to have problems of his own, arriving in the form of his new stepsister, Amanda. And Amanda brings more than the usual problems. She [...]

    10. ZKS you devilish wonderful person, I loved this so much as a kid and on reread still like it a lot. AMANDA. Amanda, oh jeez. And Blair! Oh sweet little Blair. "Lots of little valentines" indeed. I very distinctly remember half-casually doing versions of Amanda's rites - not touching metal is very difficult - and half-fearing that I would go to hell for it. Because witches.But also, again, ZKS uses the ways kids process trauma and fear here so beautifully. The way Amanda is, it's for a reason. Ki [...]

    11. I loved Zilpha Keatley Snyder as a child and I was curious to see if her books stand up. I'm also re-reading lots of my childhood favourites, and analyzing them and paying more attention to how stories are told.This book stood up well. It was well written and had a great plot and was still creepy. I plan to read more of Zilpha's books. I loved them.There's only one section of the book that didn't stand up and that's a section where the characters were playing slave drivers and slaves. I can't pi [...]

    12. Finished my book on the train to work and realized the battery on my Kindle was dead, so I grabbed a book form my classroom library I hadn't read in a while. I've been recommending this to all my kids asking for scary stories even though I hadn't read it since I was their age. It's still great, although I'm not sure that the kids looking for a scary book will be very satisfied. The only scary parts are close to the end. The characters are so well-written, though.

    13. I read this as a young girl and loved it and recently read it again to my children and loved it even more. My 15 year old son even commented on how he liked the way she did the characters--one of the big reasons I like it so much too. It is a great read-a-loud for many ages--I read it to all my kids. The three year old didn't get into it but from ages 6-15 they were spellbound.

    14. I love reading kid's books, and this one was a real treat. A clever ghost story with themes of tween anger, divorce, and giving someone the benefit of the doubt. Terrific for tweens to read on their own or for mom or dad to read to their kids while cuddling next to them on a stormy night.

    15. I really enjoyed this book again. I hadn't read it since childhood. I do enjoy Z. Keatley Snyder a lot. The Egypt Game is another favorite by her. I know that there is another book with the same family that is set in Italy I think. I'm going to check that one out.

    16. Children deal with living in a haunted house. When I was a kid, this was an unbearably spooky book.

    17. I really wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this book. Was it a paranormal thing, was it a cute story about children learning how to live together as a mixed family? Each description spun it differently, so I started the book confused as to what I was supposed to think about it. This book centers on David, the oldest of the Stanley children. Amanda comes to live with them, and he finds her interesting. She studies the occult and witchcraft and takes the Stanley children as her apprentice [...]

    18. 0.5 stars.I really didn't like this book. I only got to page 69 and it was so dead boring that I was almost falling asleep. The main female chacter was sooo snotty. She thought that adults were despicable things that didn't even deserve to be called humans. She hated her mom with a passion and though that the main male caracter's dad was the devil himself. The main female was also super cruel to all animals and even worse to young children (she called them things). She hates everything but her b [...]

    19. This is a book for fourth through sixth grade readers. I didn't like the book, and I think that if you're a student considering reading it, then you should try Sammy Keyes mysteries, The Graveyard Book, or Skeleton Creek before reading this one.This book was a Newbery Honor book in 1971. At the time, there wasn't much out there for adolescents. Although probably good adolescent literature for its time, there are much stronger pieces of literature out there today. The plot seems too contrived and [...]

    20. Not my favorite. I didn't enjoy reading about a bratty girl and I didn't enjoy the quickness of the ending. Why do books have to spend so much time on the problem and the build up and yet spend little time after the situation is resolved? I think readers deserve to know what happens next, especially to make it seem more realistic. And this ending wasn't satisfactory at all.

    21. David and his three younger siblings move into an old and mysterious house with their dad, new stepmom and her peculiar daughter, Amanda, who is twelve to David's eleven. Amanda is interested-slash-borderline-obsessed with everything occult, to the point that she moves in along with a crow, a toad and a snake despite the fact that the crow treats her viciously and she's afraid of reptiles. She quickly establishes herself as the leader and pulls David and the little ones into an elaborate series [...]

    22. I remember reading this when it first came out and loving it. I was nine then, and I read it at least three or four times. I even wrote a poem from the cupid's point of view! I shared that with the children's librarian and she loved it and they printed it in the library column of the local paper. (And she kept it and I never got it back, either.)I just re-read the book for the first time in 41 years and I'm sorry to say, it didn't hold up for me. Not least, of course, because I've lost all inter [...]

    23. (3.5 stars) I didn't think I was going to like this at all because of Amanda's attitude and all the witchcraft / occult content, but I enjoyed it because the book was grounded around David and his siblings. I thought Snyder was astute in her portrayal of Amanda, dealing with divorce and remarriage, contrasted with the Stanley children, whose mother had died as they formed a blended family. I liked how the "real" Amanda was drawn out by the end of the book. Regardless, I won't hand this book to a [...]

    24. I read this book a couple of times as a kid and I had a lot of fond memories of it, especially of it being a pretty creepy book. I decided to pick it up again and read it to my kids. I found it to be fairly tame at this point in my life, but I still enjoyed it and so did my kids (although they didn't think it was scary, either).

    25. I loved this story about a family struggling to fit a new stepsister into its midsts. Snyder shows, and refrains from too much telling, and the result is a sensitive and delicate exploration of the ways children work to fit in and stand apart.

    26. I love the way she weaves family drama with the supernatural so seamlessly that you aren't quite sure where one leaves off and the other one starts. Brilliant and just as good as I remembered it.

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