Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Born May 11, 1927
Lemoore, California, United States
Died October 7, 2014 (aged 87)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation novelist
Nationality American
Genre Fantasy
Notable works The Egypt Game series
Spouse Larry Snyder
Children 3: Susan Melissa, Douglas, and Ben

Zilpha Keatley Snyder (May 11, 1927 – October 7, 2014) was an American author of books for children and young adults. Three of Snyder's works were named Newbery Honor books: The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid and The Witches of Worm. Between 1964 and 2011, Snyder completed 43 books. She was most famous for writing adventure stories and fantasies.


Snyder was born in Lemoore, California, and spent all but brief periods of her life in Northern California.[1] She began writing around 1964. Snyder died at the age of 87 in 2014 from a stroke in San Francisco.[2]


Game Series[edit]

Supplemental materials[edit]

  • The Gypsy Game Teacher's Guide (1998)

Stanley Family Series[edit]

Green Sky trilogy[edit]

Main article: Green Sky Trilogy

Castle Court Series[edit]

Gib Series[edit]

Other novels[edit]

Other works[edit]

  • Snyder was heavily involved in Below the Root, a 1984 computer game that is set in the Green Sky universe after the events of Until the Celebration. She worked with programmer Dale Disharoon on several aspects of the game, including the map and characters.[3][2]


  1. ^ Instruction manual for Below the Root


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Obituary: Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  3. ^ Zilpha Keatley Snyder: Autobiography.

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