The Trespassers by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Trespassers - Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Huzzah! Here is finally a book that has improved on reading it as an adult. I remember reading this in 6th grade and being so disappointed in the story. I missed the point completely, this was scary.

'The Trespassers' is about siblings Neely and Grub who live in a then-contemporary Northern California town. Faced with a summer of minding her little brother, Neely is thrilled when they accidentally discover a way into Halcyon House, a mansion abandoned for decades. Exploring, they discover a playroom filled with antique toys. Unexpectedly, the owners return to the house and Neely befriends their son, Curtis. Rumors of a curse on the house and hauntings resurrect themselves as the children get to know one another.

Snyder creates one of her best villains in this novel. As a young reader I should have realized that what made 'The Headless Cupid' was in how human the paranormal events of the book turned out to be. Could we please put more funding into dealing with mental illness? Thanks.