The Headless Cupid

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Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder

1972 Newbery Honor Book! When the four Stanley children meet Amanda, their new stepsister, they’re amazed to learn that she studies 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, Jamie, and the twins. But that’s when unusual things start happening in their old house — tests, initiations, and séances that turn out differently than anyone expected. David suspects Amanda of causing mischief, until the children learn that the house really was haunted long ago.

Legend has it that a ghost cut the head off of a wooden cupid on the stairway. Has the ghost returned to strike again? With black-and-white illustrations by Alton Raible. Ages 812. 219pp.