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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Stanley Family
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416995323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416995326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,533,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Now, I've acquired them all and am excited to read them.
E. S. Charpentier
I liked how Mrs. Snyder kept the book going with Blair's premonitions, Amanda's hobby, and Janie's know-it-all attitude.
"lil_drama_queen_14"
I recommend this book to everyone because even if you do not like the mystery geanre, like me, you will still enjoy it.
C. Kaufman

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2000
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "lil_drama_queen_14" on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 28, 2002
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2003
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brad Ashlock on May 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
The title of this book had always gotten my attention as a kid (I'm now 28), but I never read it. On a whim, me and my girlfriend read it together--we really enjoyed it. It is imaginative, yet grounded in problems real kids face (divorce, fitting in, etc.) A very enjoyable read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
I thought it was great! It had mystery and was tricky to figure out. I thought it was the best book i have ever read. I'd recomended it to anyone!
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