The Headless Cupid (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Legend has it that a ghost cut the head off a wooden cupid on the stairway of the Stanley house. Has the ghost returned to strike again?

David and the three younger children are introduced to the world of the occult when they meet their new step-sister.

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Overview

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Legend has it that a ghost cut the head off a wooden cupid on the stairway of the Stanley house. Has the ghost returned to strike again?

David and the three younger children are introduced to the world of the occult when they meet their new step-sister.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Snyder has won three Newbery Honors and other awards for her novels, including those starring the Stanley children. Here they are embroiled in the occult when they meet their new stepsister, Amanda, an aspiring witch. PW praised this book as ``exuberant and original,'' and a new generation of readers are sure to agree. This is the first of seven Snyder titles to be released periodically in paperback editions. (812)
Children's Literature
David and his younger siblings are just getting adjusted to the big old house they've moved into with their dad and their new stepmother when Amanda arrives on the scene, complete with a caged crow, a shiny triangle on her forehead and her upside-down smile. Amanda is furious about being yanked from her father's home and dumped into her mother's new family and shuns her new stepbrothers and stepsisters. However, David and his brothers and sisters attempt to share Amanda's interest in the occult by going the "ordeals" she establishes for them. When the kids complete the trials, including not touching anything made of metal for a day, they are initiated and subsequently hold a séance. But then the real trouble begins. A poltergeist, rumored to have worked its mischief on the house a hundred years ago seems to have returned. Or has it? David ultimately discovers that Amanda herself is causing the flying pebbles and crashing planters just to get the attention she craves in her new family situation, thus explaining away all unnerving happenings. All except one. This brilliantly written book is beautifully illustrated in black and white and presents an exciting glimpse into the supernatural and into the psyche of a girl who must come to terms with her new family. And a surprise twist at the end suggests that maybe there is something to all this "ghost" stuff after all. While this is a fascinating book, it is not for those who have concerns about exposure to things supernatural. 2004 (orig. 1971), Yearling/Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers/Random House, Ages 8 to 12.
—Moira Rose Donohue
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780808539636
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1985
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 219
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.69 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Zilpha Keatley Snyder is the author of The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm, all Newbery Honor Books. She was recently honored with an Edgar nomination for her book The Unseen, which was a School Library Journal Best Book and a Parents' Choice Silver Honor winner. She lives in Mill Valley, California.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Awesome

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    SO AMASING!!!!!!

    I only read at night so most BOOks are creapy to me,and i am just 10!!! (Ha ha,get it? Boo are creapy! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha R.O.F.L!)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    The Supernatural Happenings

    David, an eleven year old boy figures out who the real poltergeist is.
    David, the oldest out of four kids; Janie, and the twins Esther and Blair learn to
    deal with the ways of their new stepsister Amada. As Amada teaches the supernatural
    ways to the children strange happenings occur. Amada finds out the secret of the
    house they are living in, it was believed too be haunted before. I liked the book because it builds up suspension. The thought of what might happen next just encourages me
    to turn the page. If you like a mysterious, haunting novel, heres one you can float
    Right into. Also it includes how siblings can learn to get along to keep a secret
    David, the oldest until Amada comes along, figures out who the real ghost is. At
    First Amada doesn't talk too anyone, but learns to over come her problems, and
    Becomes more social. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a mysterious,
    Haunting. You can float right in to the pages. It's so easy to imagine what's going
    On in the book in your head.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    A Very Interesting Book!!!!

    This book is about a girl that finds out that her house was haunted by a poltergeist, and does these horrible tricks that will scare everyone into moving into the city. In the end she gets scared herself, and confesses to everybody. (very interesting, a bit scary too, but logical)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2004

    love mystery !!!

    when i first read this book I was in the six grade i believe all childrens who love a mystery book will really luv the headless cupit .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Fab

    Its so sweat i love amanda

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome

    This book is amazing! Amanda was really cool! I reread it a lot. It gets better every time. In my opinion, Zipha Keatly Snyder is a really good author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    OH MY GOODNESS

    This book was really dissappointing, I thought it would have been an interesting book, but really it was nothing special.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Great book

    I read The headless cupid many years ago, and then I haved never really read any book by Zilpha keatley snyder, but this one I would say is her best one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    GREATEST BOOK !!!! YOU GOT TO READ!!!

    I loved it!!! You have to read this book!!! Zilpha Keatley Snyder really did well in this book!!! This just might be the best she's ever done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2002

    Nice Job, Snyder

    This book doesn't fail to please the general audience. Besides being well-written, the characters and their attributes are described vividly. I don't remember much about this-I read it when I was 10. I bought the book and have it somewhere. What I do remember is that this novel was extraordinarily well done and should have almost everyone reading it in one sitting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2002

    Very Good!

    The plot is interesting, the attributes of the characters are in vivid description, and the writing itself is wonderful. I read it at 9, and now own a copy. Suspenseful, yet realistic, this story will be enjoyed by 10-12 year olds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2001

    Best Book by Best Author!

    Read it now! If you don't read it now but you read it later,you'll be kicking yourself for not reading it sooner! I did a free book report on it in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades! I'm planning on doing another in the 7th grade! This is a great book if you love the supernatural which I do! It's also appealing for the mystery lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2000

    Excellent!

    I recently read The Headless Cupid for a program at my school called 'Excellerated Reader'....I really enjoyed it and liked how it was writen! I would say its one of my most favorite books of all time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    The Best Book Ever

    The book is wonderful. It was so good that it was hard to put the book down because it always kept you in suspsnce.

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