CHASING REDBIRD by Sharon Creech

CHASING REDBIRD

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A teenager lost in the maelstrom of her large Virginia- mountain family devises a personal walkabout when she takes on the project of single-handedly rehabilitating a 20-mile-long wilderness trail. Until recently, Zinnia Taylor, 13, spent a lot of time in the ``Quiet Zone'' of Aunt Jessie and Uncle Nate's house next door. But Aunt Jessie has died, and Uncle Nate remains bereft. Calling her his Redbird, he spends most of his time chasing through the woods, believing he is in pursuit of her. Adding to Uncle Nate and Zinny's burden is the death of her cousin, Rose, who died of the whooping cough when she and Zinny were both four. Amidst this pain, Zinny is looking for a place to call her own, for a sense of who she is, and for someone--anyone--who cares about her ``most.'' The plotting can become capricious in the extreme, but Creech (Pleasing the Ghost, 1996, etc.) crams her novel full of wonderful characters, proficient dialogue, bracing descriptions, and a merry use of language. A bundle of contradictions, Zinny is at her prickly, individualistic best when fending off the overtures of 16-year-old Jake Boone, whom she (mistakenly) suspects of using her to get to her older sister. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: March 31st, 1997
ISBN: 0-06-026987-1
Page count: 261pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1997




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