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Zilpha Keatley Snyder (May 11, 1927 – October 8, 2014) was an American author of books for children and young adults. She was most famous for writing adventure stories and fantasies.

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Tropes found in Zilpha Keatley Snyder's works include:

  • Big Fancy House: Often slightly (or more than slightly) decrepit and filled with stories of better days. In Season of Ponies (1966) it's a huge, well-appointed but gloomy farmhouse. In The Changeling (1970) it is a burnt-out shell.
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  • Elders: An old person (usually female, although in The Egypt Game it's a man) knows secrets and background information that they impart to the younger people, either during the action or at the very end of the tale.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Snyder often keeps you guessing if honest-to-God magic has happened, or serendipitous coincidence.
  • Uptight Loves Wild or Manic Pixie Dream... Something: Many of her stories have intelligent, imaginative children in oppressive life circumstances. They encounter something or (usually) someone who is extremely unusual and possibly unearthly, who introduces them to amazing possibilities in themselves and in life. Often this only lasts over one summer, or comes and goes unexpectedly.
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