Title

Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Truth About Stone Hollow and the Genre of Time-Slip Fantasy

Document Type

Journal Article

Role

Author

Standard Number

1553-1201

Journal Title

Children’s Literature Association Quarterly

Volume

35

Issue

2

First Page

131

Last Page

143

Publication Date

Summer 2010

Abstract

Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s 1974 novel The Truth About Stone Hollow is situated at the crossroads of historical fiction and fantasy, and uses the genre of time-slip to explore how the past impacts the United States’ shifting national identity, and its protagonist’s coming-of-age. The heroine’s magical, frightening contact with the past demonstrates the incompleteness of memory, and its effect on the formation of identity. Her reckoning with the wrongs of the past, both familial and national, provides her with historical knowledge that is fluid and unstable, but also profoundly rooted in place, family, and nation