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Chasing Redbird (original 1998; edition 2007)

by Sharon Creech

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Title:Chasing Redbird
Authors:Sharon Creech
Info:MacMillan UK (2007), Edition: Unabridged, Paperback, 224 pages
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"It started out as an ordinary summer. But the minute thirteen-year-old Zinny discovered the old, overgrown trail that ran through the woods behind her family's house, she realized that things were about to change.

Right from the start, Zinny knew that uncovering the trail would be more than just a summer project. It was her chance to finally make people notice her, and to have a place she could call her very own. But more than that, Zinny knew that the trail somehow held the key to all kinds of questions. And that the only way to understand her family, her Aunt Jessie's death, and herself was to find out where it went. "

I remember reading this book when it came out. I gobbled up ever word, every phrase; soaked up every wonderful scene of this book. Sharon Creech has a seemingly never-ending well of talent of which we are lucky enough to draw from.

Her characters have so much depth, she does not speak to her young readers as if they are idiots (as some authors do). It's very easy to become absorbed in the worlds and characters of her books and I remember this one being my very favorite. I connected strongly with Zinny, the main character, exploring the world to find herself, to unearth family secrets..

My favorite quote: "“Maybe it was the same with people: if you studied them,you'd see new and different things. But would you like what you saw? Did it depend on who was doing the looking?” ( )
  tealightful | Sep 24, 2013 |
I read this when I was a kid and decided just to read it again and it is a bit different reading it over as an adult, but still a great book by a great author! ( )
  briannad84 | Jan 6, 2013 |
Zinny starts to clear a path she discovers behind her house. Eventually she discovers the purpose of this path and vows to clear it by the end of the summer. She's working through her own issues as she goes, blaming herself for the death of her cousin and aunt, wondering about how her family feels about her among so many children, and wondering how to help her uncle who sees her aunt everywhere. Her journey leads her to camp alone on a long trail, make a new friend, and find answers. ( )
  t1bclasslibrary | Jun 12, 2012 |
I really enjoyed this book. It is a great read especially for children who are in middle school and are trying to figure out who they are. Zinny is a very likable and relatable character. This book has so many mysteries and twists that wind along just like the trail Zinny is uncovering. This realistic, honest, coming of age story that examines some ethical issues of stealing, trust, dealing with confusing emotions, and death.
  alexa.kirk | Mar 17, 2012 |
Chasing Redbird is an exciting tale of a young girl trying to find herself. I really liked this story becuase it had all different kinds of surprises in it.
  eleanor.robbins | Feb 8, 2012 |
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Worms dangled in Aunt Jessie's kitchen: red worms swarming over a lump of brown mud in a bowl.
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Always the quiet (and often forgotten) middle child in a bustling family, Zinnia's life begins to change when she stumbles upon a hidden, overgrown pathway that stretches from the edge of her family's farm into the great unknown. Determined to find where the path leads, Zinnia begins the daunting task of uncovering brambles and weeds along every inch of its length. In powerful, honest, down-home prose, Newbery-winner Sharon Creech delivers a dazzling portrait of a girl who's not afraid to journey into her family's mysterious past in order to find her own way into adulthood. Watching Zinnia bloom will warm your heart.

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Thirteen-year-old Zinnia Taylor uncovers family secrets and self truths while clearing a mysterious settler trail that begins on her family's farm in Kentucky.

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