The Trespassers

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Paperback, 1996



Call number

PB Sny

Call number

PB Sny

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PB Sny


Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (1996)


Having trespassed and explored the empty Hutchinson mansion, which seems haunted by the presence of a long-dead young girl, sixth grader Neely and her little brother become regular visitors when emotionally disturbed Curtis Hutchinson moves in.


Original publication date


Physical description

7.6 inches


0440911486 / 9780440911487



User reviews

LibraryThing member MyopicBookworm
The story starts a little slowly, as their are six chapters of preparing the ground before the two children actually begin trespassing in a nearby mansion; but once we get going this is a good read, with some interesting characters and a story that keeps the pages turning.

The relationship of Neely and her introvert brother Grub perhaps owes something to Madeleine L'Engle, but the ghostly haunting of Halcyon House is dealt with in a successfully low-key way alongside the more adventuresome goings on with the dysfunctional Hutchinson family.… (more)
LibraryThing member Whisper1
Continuing my quest to read, not only the Newbery award winning books, but also other works by these authors, I discovered The Trespassers on a sale table at my local library. For .10 I couldn't go wrong!

Zilpha Keatley Snyder has the distinct achievement of three Newbery honor and ALA notable books. And, while The Trespassers is not one of her award-winners, it certainly is well worth the time spent in reading.

The setting is the coast of Northern California where high up on the cliff is an old, beautiful mansion. A sister and a brother who live nearby are fascinated with the stories surrounding this marvelous empty castle-like structure. Climbing a trellis the children enter the abandoned house wherein they find a beautiful play room filled with antique toys.

Shortly thereafter members of the rich family move into the mansion, including the creepy, emotionally disturbed grandson of the original builder.

There is suspense and a presumption of haunting, but truly the story is not portrayed in a hokey, silly manner. Rather, there is a deep abiding love between brother and sister and a protectiveness that shines through.

A quick, delightful read that is fun. I'll now look for the author's Newbery honor books.
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LibraryThing member jjmcgaffey
Not bad, but...there's an awful lot of assuming meaning. Neely keeps thinking she knows what people (Grub, mostly, but Carmela too - and her parents, for that matter) mean - and every time we get more information about what they did mean, she's at least slightly wrong. So I wonder about her assumptions about Grub. It's an amazingly non-action story - very little actually happens, and when it does the POV character is barely involved. They don't even go to look at the remains of the house. Not particularly satisfying, to me.… (more)


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