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20 April 2006 @ 04:45 pm
Zilpha Keatley Snyder  
I thought I'd share something I got a few years back. I treasure it, it's in a frame and I've only taken it down because I'll be painting.

I wrote a total fangirl letter to Mrs. Synder telling her how much I loved Green Sky, and she sent me back an awesome un-formlike letter, a book list with her photo, signing both herself and everything.

I thought I'd include her address so if anyone wanted to write her as well, they could.

Zilpha Keatley Snyder
52 Miller Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

She also has an e-mail at: zilpha@zksnyder.com

Also, according to her website the books are supposedly back in print. I had a hard time tracking mine down, (I got mine off ebay) was it easier for everyone else?


The letter is behind the cut =)

*Spoilers* if you haven't read the books.

Dear Sarah,

I recently received your beautiful letter and was so delighted to know that the Green-Sky triology has meant so much to you.

A bit about the story's background: It really began when I was just a kid and my family frequently visited some relatives who lived near an oak grove in which the trees had low, spreading branches. (Near the town of Ojai) Led by an older cousin we used to play a game in which we had to get from one tree to another without touching the ground -- because something very evil and dangerous lived among the roots of the trees. I loved the game althought I was not very good at it since I wasn't a very good tree climber.

Years later I used the memory of that game, greatly modified and elaborated on, in a book of mine called The Changeling. I became so interested in this new version that I wanted to do much more about it but it didn't belong in that particular story. So I decided to come back to the game in another book which would be all about the world of Green-sky. Which, as time went by, became three books.

I think the most important underlying "message" was one of non-violence. I saw the Kindar, and the Erdlings, as refugees from an earthlike planet that had destroyed itself by violence. The original group had been largely composed of children, who had been rescued by their teachers and transported to the planet of Green-sky. I felt that the motivation of the original leaders had been laudable but when opposition arose they became patriarchal and autocratic. Your comments seemed to me to indicate that you understood and appreciated the various messages I was trying to get across.

I was involved in the planning and charting of the game and I was so pleased to have had a part in a computer game that was exciting and demanding and yet was not won by killing. Also, although I had felt that Raamo's death was necessary when I wrote the last book, I was saddened by all the mail I got from readers who were so distressed that I had let it happen. But then came the opportunity to be involved in the game -- where I was able to explain that Raamo had not drowned but had only been trapped on a ledge where he could be rescued.

Thanks again for your gratifying letter.

Zilpa Keatley Snyder

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-)-(- Sarbear Ducky Kindy -)-(-kindarspirit on May 15th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
Wow wtf I never saw this until now ;_;

No I've never posted it until now =) LOL Well I am a weird college student still raving about a children's book

OMG I cried when he died. I remember having to read that whole paragraph over and over and over. I had it memorized at one point and when I closed the book I was pretty depressed for the rest of the day.
The Nonesuch Explorers: jasonksol1460 on September 15th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
we wrote to her when we were just past college and she wrote to us, a letter much like the one in this post.

always felt raamo's death was a huge mistake .... she's done this in other books, where she doesn't know how to end it exactly.