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Is this the same book as T? I checked out T, and that description is the book I've been looking for. The town people decide to leave and take a train to Oregon. The father is going to travel in a box car with the boys and the animals, but on the day of departure, he breaks his leg. The young daughter has to take charge, and go on the boxcar with her brothers. On the way there, they meet a gypsy girl who's father has died, and she stays with them. I remember that they run low on money and food, and the gypsy girl is able to get her father's trunk and gives them food and money from it.

They reach Oregon safely, and the parents agree to take in the gypsy girl. I posted this stumper two years ago. I had been racking my brain for the title of this book for almost 20 years. A week before Christmas, while sitting in church during the Offertory, the title A Head on Her Shoulders sprang into my head.

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As soon as I got home, I checked eBay, and a few copies were up, with a synopsis of the book. I had my title, and I bought a copy of the book. I was really happy about this! I must have read it around 20 times since then! Headless Cupid This was one of those books about girls playing with magic. Amanda wants everyone to believe she has magical powers. She wears a small triangular mirror on her forehead, to make herself look mysterious, and conducts seances and things like that.

In a way it's similar to E. Konigsberg's "Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Headless Cupid. When Amanda comes to live with her new stepfamily she creates quite a stir with her interest in the occult, her weird hairdos and clothes and the triangle on her forehead.

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This book is the first of a series of adventures of the Stanley family. At least three sequels don't quite live up to the original, but are fun to read. Amanda is very unhappy about her mother''s divorce and subsequent remarriage, so she wraps herself up in occult studies and even invents a poltergeist with which to frighten her new family.

She also wears her hair in many tiny braids and wears witchy looking clothes. There is a mystery involving a headless cupid in the story.

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I'll add my voice to the likely chorus - probably The Headless Cupid , by Zilpha Keatley Snyder , published Atheneum , where proto-goth Amanda joins the Stanley family and tries to make herself special by conducting seances, claiming to be psychic, etc. 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, Janie, and the twins. But that's when strange things start happening in their old house. David suspects Amanda of causing mischief, until they learn that the hosue really was haunted a long time ago. Legend has it that a ghost cut the head off a wooden cupid on the stairway.

Has the ghost returned to strike?

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Book from the mids about two girls who were reading a book about how to become witches and performing the tasks needed to become a witch - one of the tasks was walking on the furniture in order to not touch the floor. I think another task involved a frog.

Hildick, E. I dont remember the part about not walking on the furniture, but Allison and her sister Jeannie find a book on how to become a witch while on vacation and perform all the tasks to do so. Theres more about it in the Solved section, it is still in print and easily available. Amanda offers to teach her new stepsiblings magic. She resents her mothers remarriage, so she makes up "ordeals" for the stepsiblings that she hopes will be disruptive to the whole family.

Others are not touching anything made of metal and not speaking for a whole day. The ordeals are only a part of the overall plot. Excellent book. Could it be this one? Its not two girls, but one girl Amanda who has four new step-siblings who shes trying to convince that shes a witch. Theres definitely an episode with all the kids trying to prove they could be witches too, by trying to get around the room without touching furniture.

As I remember, the youngest kids cheat somehow, and Amanda gets disgusted. ZKS has written many books though, and I could be confusing the titles. It could be The Witches of Worm. I think this is the right one. This is it! Elizabeth meets a new friend Jennifer, who takes charge and decides they will learn to be witches.

A wonderful beek by a wonderful author. Headless Cupid. This is the answer! Thank you so much!! Illustrated by Alton Raible. Dell Publishing: a Yearling paperback, Signed by Snyder on a sticker placed on front free endpaper: "From one author to another. NY: Atheneum, Hardback early edition. Slight stain on title page and ex-library copy with usual marks. Hermes, Patricia, Heads, I Win , It was packed -- packed full -- with boxes and boxes and boxes of frozen macaroni and cheese.

There must have been fifty boxes in there! I turned around to her.

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And knew it was a stupid question. Henderson nodded. I was pretty sure you'd win.

Henderson said, "you're going to be here for a long time. I went to [that big megalithic online seller] and read the comments to make sure this was the book. I ordered a copy this morning. Thanks for the help! I do recall it was one of the Scholastic Book Services paperbacks I bought in elementary school. The girl's name was Peg or Peggy, and either the family or their son or both were called Tuck, short for Tucker. Good luck -- hope this helps. Patsey Gray, Heads Up!