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A Fabulous Creature by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

A Fabulous Creature  by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • Author Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • Title A Fabulous Creature
  • Category Teen & Young Adult
  • Subcategory Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN 0689308299
  • ISBN13 978-0689308291
  • Size PDF 1885 kb
  • Size FB2 1612 kb
  • Size EPUB 1350 kb
  • Publisher Atheneum; 1st edition (January 1, 1981)
  • Language English
  • Rating 4.4
  • Votes 853

Reluctantly accompanying his parents on a vacation trip to the Sierras, sixteen-year-old James falls in love with a wealthy young girl whose avid interest in hunting conflicts with James's love of nature

Reviews about A Fabulous Creature by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

One of my favorite YA novels of all time. It really captures the essence and emotion of teenagers well (particularly for the time period it was written in). Will probably appeal more to male readers, who can readily identify with James and the pangs of young love. The ending is perhaps a bit contrived, but this is one of those books that stayed with me when I was a teenager, and still spoke to me in my 20s and early 30s (the last time I read it). Slight correction of a previous reviewer: Diane was in no way James' girlfriend - she certainly wouldn't consider herself as such, in spite of what James and some readers might erroneously believe. A very underrated book, due to what I suspect is a comparatively low number of people who read it. There's some fascinating ethical dilemmas presented in the story, leading one to ponder what they would do in the same situation - both as a teen, and when they're older and have experienced more of life.
"A Fabulous Creature", is a novel that will get you from the first page. It tells the story of a teenage boy struggling with his first real romance and also with the fact that his family is worlds apart from that of his girlfriend's. Containing amusing characters, a plotline that inspires reflection, and an accurate portrayal of teenage emotion, this book ties all these delectible ingredients together in a dramatic ending that left me going back to reread my favorite parts just for one last taste. This book is ideal for a more advanced junior high reader or someone in the first years of high school, but people of any age will enjoy it.
Could not put this down. A great read for any young adult or an older one. The value of trust and real friendship after a tough lesson.