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Jip: His Story by Katherine Paterson
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Jip: His Story (1996)

by Katherine Paterson

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Jip is a story of the evilness of slavery, of poverty, of classism, and of hope. Jip (so named because allegedly as a baby, he fell off a wagon while traveling with gypsies), lives and workds on a poor farm, uneducated and mistreated, still his love of others shines through.

When an older man deemed a lunatic is sent to live on the farm, Jip soon befriends him and looks upon him as a father he never had. When an untrustworthy man comes to the farm, Jip's intuition tells him all is not well.

When Jip learns the reason why he was abandoned as a child, he also understands why, with the help of loving Quakers, he needs to flee to Canada.

Time and time again in my readings, I find Quakers are portrayed in a positive, social conscious way. I vow to learn more about them.

If anyone has suggestions, please point me in the right direction. Thanks. ( )
1 vote Whisper1 | Nov 28, 2012 |
New Copy
  npedcmc | Oct 31, 2012 |
interesting characters
  Oliviam011 | Sep 10, 2012 |
Jip fell off a wagon when he was three. Now he lives in the poor farm in the vilage. One day a stranger came and soon Jip sees his true life unfold in front of him. ( )
  sacamp | Apr 4, 2011 |
In Jip, His Story JIp is an orphan boy who fell off a gypsy wagon(for all we know). He lives on a poor farm in Vermont. A new resident is coming. The towns folk call him a lunatic because he can get very crazy sometimes. In the end Put (the lunatic) and Jip decide to go to Canada(or Canady as Put calls it. To know what happens you should read the book... ( )
  rsteinberg | Mar 22, 2011 |
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Diana Mitchell (The ALAN Review, Spring 1997 (Vol. 24, No. 3))
Jip, a young boy who lives on the town poor farm in Vermont in the 1850s, works hard, loves to take care of the animals, and expects little from life. After all, what can a child expect who fell from a moving wagon and never was claimed? As Jip and the lunatic, Put, become fast friends, a stranger begins to lurk around the town asking questions about Jip's background. In a rush of events, Jip finds himself pursued and in danger, finds out about his background, and finds out how many people really care about him. In this moving story about outcasts and acceptance, readers come face to face with the realities of the fugitive slave law and the treatment of the poor and insane. Readers of Paterson's Lyddie will be happy to know that Lyddie is one of the characters in this thoughful, compelling book. 1996, Lodestar Books, 180 pp., $15.99. Ages 12 up.
added by kthomp25 | editThe ALAN Review, Spring 1997 (Vol. 24, No. 3)), Diana Mitchell
 
Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
Jip received his name from having fallen off a gypsy wagon as a toddler and has grown up at the town poor farm. Despite the cruelty and the bareness of his life, Jip is happy with his lot, though he wonders often about those who deserted him. Once Jip begins to attend school, a string of mysteries begins to unfold and he discovers he is the son of an escaping slave woman and a white master. Suddenly, he is a victim of prejudice and must escape the slave catchers. Paterson's lyricism and imagery give dramatic expression to Jip and his mid-19th century world. Her fans will be pleased when Jip's resourceful teacher, whom he describes as "like a queen-no fancy dress or crown, but surely in command," turns out to be Lyddie, the heroine of a previous Paterson novel. 1996, Lodestar, $15.99. Ages 9 up.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 014240411X, Paperback)

When an aged lunatic named Putnam arrives at a poorhouse farm in rural Vermont in 1855, he is treated as little more than a beast by everyone except the orphan Jip, who himself arrived at the charity orphanage/asylum after being found abandoned by the roadside. Jip and Putnam become friends, then allies of a sort, as Jip struggles to improve his own lot and that of his friend Lucy, the unfortunate daughter of the late town drunk. This historical tale by Katherine Paterson involves its young protagonist in the great 19th century struggle between slave owners and abolitionists while sending him into a test of his own loyalty and courage. Paterson handles weighty issues with grace and verve, and does not shrink from terrible truths in this challenging novel for young readers.

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While living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856, Jip learns his identity and that of his mother and comes to understand how he arrived at this place.

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