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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Backinprint.com (June 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595321836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595321834
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm, Zilpha Keatly Snyder's first book was published in 1964. Since that time she has authored 42 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for younger children and a book of poetry.

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Was into this book from the beginning to the end.
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I read this book for the first time when I was in 5th grade.
Beverly Scrivner
There's mystery, empathy, and well-defined characters.
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Kimn Gollnick on May 12, 2000
Format: Library Binding
I recently tracked down a copy at the public library and re-read it. The VELVET ROOM is still magical, in spite of passive verbs 'was' and 'have been' commonly found in books from the 1960's, and it remains one of my favorites.
Author Zilpha Snyder writes about a girl named Robin, insecure after her father's struggle to remain employed and the family's subsequent traveling from place to place to find food and shelter. They end up at a new location near an abandoned old mansion, the Palmeras House, where Robin escapes for some quiet time away from her four noisy siblings. She discovers a tunnel that leads into the mansion, and inside she finds no furnishings except in one small room--a circular alcove in a tower. Here's an excerpt:
"From that first glimpse, from the first minute, it was more than a room--more even than the most beautiful room Robin had ever seen. Her hands shook on the doorknob, and the shaking didn't come from fear or cold. Her trembling hands were only an echo of something deeper that had been strangely shaken by that first sight of the Velvet Room....
"A thick pale rug cushioned her bare feet as she moved forward and turned very slowly in a circle. The walls of the room were paneled in dark wood. All along one wall the bright bindings of books contrasted with the wood. The books went on and on.... On the opposite side of the room were four tall narrow windows. Above the windows were arches of colored glass. Sunlight, streaming in through the arches made rainbows on the rug.
"...It was there in the alcove that she first began to call it the Velvet Room. There were heavy drapes of dark red velvet at the windows...when all the drapes were closed, there was a full circle of velvet.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Scrivner on March 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book for the first time when I was in 5th grade. It made me want my own round tower library with window seats and velvet drapes! I am now married to an architect, and he wishes I had never read this book, because in planning our own house, my biggest requirement is a round library, with deep window seats, and (maybe) green velvet drapes to shut out the world. A totally awesome book about escaping into imaginary worlds with reading (something I am still prone to do)a wonderful book.
Beverly
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Melissa McCauley VINE VOICE on July 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
I think all introverted, bookish youngsters like myself long for a secret place to get away from their family and others who do not understand them. In this book Robin, middle daughter in a large, poor family during the Depression, finds just such a place in the Velvet Room. This is Robin's name for the library in the old McCurdy mansion on Las Palmeras, the California rancho where her family is working picking apricots. Robin loves the library with its precious historical artifacts and wide window seats hidden behind thick velvet curtains. Robin hides from reality in the Velvet Room until she reaches a crossroads and realizes what is most important to her. This book was, and still is a favorite. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Bell VINE VOICE on May 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read The Velvet Room years ago, and lived out the adventures in the big stone house, in the velvet room, and in Bridget's garden. Returning recently to my mother's house, I needed some reading material for the plane ride home, and took this with me. I was entranced once again. To have your own special place to hide, to read, to have an adventure...a dream come true. As the excitement built up toward the end, I found myself riveted and couldn't put the book down.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Gray on February 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
In 5th grade, the Scholastic Book Mobile came to my school where I read The Velvet Room. Although we couldn't afford many luxuries, my parents allowed me to buy this book so I could read it again (and again) which I did! I remember being so thrilled to find in Robin, a girl who could have been me and how I enjoyed finding the velvet room with her. Although I lost the book during a move in 7th grade, I always remembered it and wished to read it again. But, as 44 years have passed, I couldn't remember the name. Then, after searching for the Pink Room or the Pink Tower or other dead ends, the name of the book suddendly popped into my mind like a miracle! I can't wait to join Robin again. This is a great book for readers of all ages who remember being young and alone and needing to find a secret place.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wendy R. Wood on May 21, 2000
Format: Library Binding
When I was a young girl in an unhappy family with no escape and no hope, I stumbled on this book. It expressed so many of my thoughts and feelings at that period in my life. It also gave me hope that someday I too would write books that gave others the feeling that they were not alone in their misery. And gave me hope that someday I would find my velvet room. This book has stayed within my heart and my imagination for 30 years. I am currently searching for a copy of this splendid book of a young, unhappy girl searching for a place to call her own. A secret place that can't be lost even if only in her memories. That room becomes her salvation, as the book became mine. I desperately want my daughters to read this book. I have talked about it for years. It certainly warrants republication. Thank you for the opportunity to locate this book once again. I read my copy so often that it fell apart by the time I struck out on my own for my own "Velvet Room".
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