(1927-2014) US writer of children's novels, many being fantasies. Black and Blue Magic (1966) tells of a 12-year-old boy who can grow magic Wings; the "black and blue" of the title refers to the fact that he is clumsy even when not trying to fly. The Witches of Worm (1972) involves a Cat that proves to be a Witch's familiar, while the Green-Sky Trilogy – Below the Root (1975), And All Between (1976) and Until the Celebration (1977) – deals rather solemnly with a race of Fairy-like creatures Underground. ZKS has described herself as having an abiding penchant for the fantastic, which extends to her other works; some, such as The Egypt Game (1967) and Eyes in the Fishbowl (1968), are ambiguous about the Reality of their seeming fantasy content, while several nonfantasies have fantastical-sounding titles. Though not especially popular with young readers, ZKS has won numerous citations from the critical establishment, possibly because her work tends to be improving in nature, and slightly dull. [GF]
other works (selective): The Headless Cupid (1971; vt A Witch in the Family 1977 UK), borderline; The Princess and the Giants (1973); The Truth about Stone Hollow (1974); Heirs of Darkness (1978); Squeak Saves the Day and Other Tooley Stories (coll 1988), for younger children; Song of the Gargoyle (1991); The Trespassers (1995), a Horror novel.
Zilpha Keatley Snyder