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Zilpha Keatley Snyder dies at 87; wrote fantastical children's books
Zilpha Keatley Snyder dies at 87; wrote fantastical children's books

Zilpha Keatley Snyder, the author of dozens of children's and young-adult novels centered on lonely kids with rich but chilling fantasy lives, has died. She was 87. Snyder, who lived in a Marin County retirement community, died Oct. 7 in San Francisco of a stroke, according to her publisher, Simon & Schuster. With more than 40 books to her credit, Snyder won the Newbery Honor – one of the top awards in children's literature – three times. Her winning novels were "The Headless Cupid," "The Witches of Worm" and "The Egypt Game" – a 1967 story involving preteens who secretly re-create ancient Egyptian rituals at a makeshift shrine as...

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