©1967 Zilpha Keatley Snyder; (P)1994 Recorded Books
I felt the author captured the magical way pretending can seem so real, and just "flow" when you are young. Another reviewer called this book upsetting, and I disagree. While part of the book does deal with a mature subject, it is handled in a mature way. Nothing was particularly graphic or seemed added for shock value. Nothing in the book was any worse than what a parent or teacher might say to caution or explain to children about stranger danger. I first read this book when I was in 5th grade, and I didn't find it particularly upsetting, even then. (In contrast, Bruce Coville's "Ghost in the Big Brass Bed", which I read the same summer, upset me very much). Readers should also keep in mind that Zilpha Keatley Snyder's books could be called thrillers for the middle school set. They are supposed to be exciting and atmospheric, but in a tween-friendly way.
The Halloween scene, and the moment a character is almost kidnapped.
I have also listened to her reading of The Witches of Worm, and White Oleander, as well as a few others. I thought this performance was one of her best. She really sets the tone, and is very expressive.
This book was exciting, funny, and also sweet. It captures childhood in a very real way, and April will be a favorite character of mine forever.
Not for very young. Upsetting subject matter. Children do not really need to read about a serial child killer.
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