Zilpha Keatley Snyder writes intriguing fantasies, mysteries, historical fiction and adventures. The Egypt Game, a suspenseful story of crime with imaginative children as heroes, is a perennial favorite and a Newbery Honor Book. Snyder has had three Newbery Honor books in her prolific career.
The Headless Cupid, another Newbery Honor book, introduces a series of books about the Stanley family, a family of siblings and step-siblings who experience weird supernatural events after their parents marry.
A more recent book, The Bronze Pen, is a loving portrayal of a young writer, Audrey, who struggles with the changes in her family and her own imagination. A gift from a stranger, a bronze pen, may be the answer to Audrey's problems but it takes her awhile before she figures out how to use it. Snyder leads readers on an adventure full of everyday happenings and worries and fantastic happenings to a feel-good ending.
Zilpha Keatley Snyder is still writing for readers in grades 4 and up. Check out one of her books soon.