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The Headless Cupid [Turtleback]

Zilpha Keatley Snyder
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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December 1994
When the four Stanley children meet Amanda, their new stepsister, they're amazed to learn that she studied witchcraft. They're stunned to see her dressed in a strange costume, carrying a pet crow, and surrounded by a pile of books about the supernatural.It's not long before Amanda promises to give witchcraft lessons to David, Janie, and the twins. But that's when strange things start happening in their old house. David suspects Amanda of causing mischief, until they learn that the house really was haunted a long time ago.Legend has it that a ghost cut the head off a wooden cupid on the stairway. Has the ghost returned to strike again?
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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When the four Stanley children meet Amanda, their new stepsister, they're amazed to learn that she studied witchcraft. They're stunned to see her dressed in a strange costume, carrying a pet crow, and surrounded by a pile of books about the supernatural.

It's not long before Amanda promises to give witchcraft lessons to David, Janie, and the twins. But that's when strange things start happening in their old house. David suspects Amanda of causing mischief, until they learn that the house really was haunted a long time ago.

Legend has it that a ghost cut the head off a wooden cupid on the stairway. Has the ghost returned to strike again? --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Good so far! April 22 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am in the middle of reading "The Headless Cupid". So far I have found this book to be somewhat interesting. I have yet to finish the book so I can not say for sure if this book is good or bad. I can only say that I have liked the first half. So far it has introduced the characters. David seems to be the main character and also my favorite. Blair, the youngest boy in the Stanley family and my second favorite because he seems to have natural supernatural powers. I really don't think I like Amanda, David's new stepsister. So far she has been unpredictable. One minute she talks to David like a sister and the next she ignores him. Molly, David's new step mom is nice. I am a little confused about David's real mom, who died. He says that she was into the super natural just as Amanda is. The new Stanley family seems to be a weird combination. And it looks as though it is going to get much weirder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i rememer this vividly from my childhood June 9 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i was just going through amazon to find titles of books i had read as a child. i was pleasantly surprised to find "the headless cupid" still in print. reading this book as an impressionable 7-year old in the early eighties, i wondered around the house with an aluminum foil triangle on my forehead like amanda in the story. the mysterious ending of the novel (which i won't reveal) left a chilling memory that i still carry with me today. these days, i enjoy talking to people my age and asking them what books do they best remember. "the headless cupid" is usually my favorite childhood book about which i ask.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Storytelling, Haunting Characters April 6 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Zilpha Keatley Snyder is one of the unsung great childrens' writers of the 20th c. Her delicate blend of magic and realism should have earned her widespread recognition years ago. This said, discovering her books for yourself is one of those great reading pleasures.
In The Headless Cupid, Amanda, the new stepsister, arrives in the Stanley household with a chip on her shoulder and a box of cool occult paraphenelia. The four Stanley children are fascinated and a little overwhelmed--but much to Amanda's surprise, they have a little magic to offer her in return.
Mysterious, lovely, understated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The AWESOME book: "The Headless Cupid" June 5 2001
Format:Paperback
Hi, my name is Kate and I'm 13 years old. I just got done reading "The Headless Cupid" by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and I think it is an AWESOME book! I liked how Mrs. Snyder kept the book going with Blair's premonitions, Amanda's hobby, and Janie's know-it-all attitude. This was my first book by Mrs. Snyder, and it won't be the last! Right now I'm working on "The Velvet Room." (which is really good too) "The Headless Cupid" is a good book to start out on because once you find out all of the author's twists in the story, it'll leave you wanting more to read by her!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic, Wonderful, Greatly written Book Feb. 4 2003
Format:Paperback
This book really caught my attention,because I just love scary books and this one looked like a scary book. I just got finished reading this book,and I can't get my mind off of it!
The book is about a boy called David and his Brothers and his sisters. Oh, he also has a step sister called Amanda. When she comes to live with David, weird things start happening, like rocks just start appearing out of no where! Soon really weird stuff start happining that is very scary.
And at the end they finally find the Cupid's head and things turn out all right!
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Opinion for The Headless Cupiud Jan. 28 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The book I just got finished reading is The Headless Cupiud.It was a great book if you thriller books.
One of the bad points in the book is that it starts off kinda slow, and someties was confusing in the middle and near the end.
The good points of the book are when a a lot of wierd stuff start happing and Molly (the stepmom) starts getting really scared and she wants to move out of the house. Another good part of the book is when Amanda starts to actally talk to her mom and offers to teach the kids about the supernatural.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural Hoax Feb. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"The Headless Cupid" by Zipha Keatley Snyder, is a book that is a real page turner. The boy in the book's new stepsister thinks of herself as a witch, but as the book proceeds you that maybe things aren't always as they seem. And in the end the stepsister may just get a taste of her own medicne. I would recommond this book to anyone who has trouble believeing that any supernatural thing is real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like mysterys,you will love this book! June 29 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
this book is about four kids that live in this old house. Then along comes Amanda their new step-sister. She studys the supernataural,and the four other kids take lessons from her. When Amanda and her oldest step-brother find out the house was hauted at one time,they begin to wonder,has the ghost come back again?
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