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Zebra Forest In an extraordinary debut novel an escaped fugitive upends everything two siblings think they know about their family their past and themselves When eleven year old Annie first started lying to her

  • Title: Zebra Forest
  • Author: Adina Rishe Gewirtz
  • ISBN: 9780763660413
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Zebra Forest By Adina Rishe Gewirtz, In an extraordinary debut novel, an escaped fugitive upends everything two siblings think they know about their family, their past, and themselves.When eleven year old Annie first started lying to her social worker, she had been taught by an expert Gran If you re going to do something, make sure you do it with excellence, Gran would say That was when Gran was feelingIn an extraordinary debut novel, an escaped fugitive upends everything two siblings think they know about their family, their past, and themselves.When eleven year old Annie first started lying to her social worker, she had been taught by an expert Gran If you re going to do something, make sure you do it with excellence, Gran would say That was when Gran was feeling talkative, and not brooding for days in her room like she did after telling Annie and her little brother, Rew, the one thing they know about their father that he was killed in a fight with an angry man who was sent away Annie tells stories, too, as she and Rew laze under the birches and oaks of Zebra Forest stories about their father the pirate, or pilot, or secret agent But then something shocking happens to unravel all their stories a rattling at the back door, an escapee from the prison holding them hostage in their own home, four lives that will never be the same Driven by suspense and psychological intrigue, Zebra Forest deftly portrays an unfolding standoff of truth against family secrets and offers an affecting look at two resourceful, imaginative kids as they react and adapt to the hand they ve been dealt.

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    1. This was an excellent debut story of a young girl dealing with a less than perfect life Her younger brother has anger impulse control issues and her grandmother struggles with depression that shows itself in hoarding and isolation She accepts her life,adapting and making do.Her life takes a dramatic turn when there is a prison break which brings her little family face to face with the past A parallel is drawn between her situation and the history of the time which is the Iran hostage crisis.I fo [...]

    2. Perhaps this makes me sound like a total hipster, but I enjoy reading books that aren t very commercial I love books that have some literary merit as well as entertainment value When Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz popped up on my radar, I knew I had to read this middle grade debut First of all, it s published by Candlewick, from whom I have come to expect intelligent books Second of all, that cover y all That cover Third, I love books about siblings and troubled kids Fourth, it seemed like [...]

    3. sneak preview available here Ever since she was small, Annie s had three wishes 1 Get tall2 Have an adventure3 Meet her father She knows none of them will come true Especially not the last After all, her father s dead killed by an angry man, Gran told her and her brother Rew for as long as she could remember But when there s a breakout at Enderfield, the prison on the other side of the Zebra Forest, Annie just might get her adventure and learn a lot she never knew about her familyA beautifully w [...]

    4. Very close to five stars in fact I do think technically the book deserves it, especially considering it is a debut novel The author pulls off a very tricky plot and manages to make it feel almost entirely unforced The hostage situation the story revolves around is beautifully framed with a historical event the Iranian hostage crises, and a fictional one close to the heart of the two child protagonists Treasure Island Not only is the children s unself conscious exploration of the characters in St [...]

    5. With both parents out of the picture and a grandmother who can barely keep it together as her depression manifests itself in paranoia and hoarding, eleven year old Annie B is raising her younger brother Rew the best that she can Then, as the Iranian hostage crisis rages in the background, Annie, Rew and Gran suddenly find themselves held hostage by the most ironic of captors There are elements of this book that remind me of so many books I ve read before Dicey s Song, that one book about the gir [...]

    6. Oh, that cover Okay, got that out of my system Zebra Forest is a lovely, still, gem of a book As hinted at in the beautiful cover, dark things are hiding behind those trees Not the monsters you expect everyday household monsters, like family secrets and lies.It s 1977 Annie and Rew live with their Gran Their Mom left them in her care long ago, when their father died, killed in a bar fight They are or less happy sometimes Gran is well enough to take care of them, sometimes they have to take care [...]

    7. Here is my review for the ARC that I received of Zebra Forest I won a giveaway at DogoBooks and Candlewick Press sent me this Thanks, Candlewick Enjoy Annie lives with her brother Rew, and her Gran, and likes telling stories to her brother in the Zebra Forest, a forest of white, gray and chocolate birch trees When they hear a knock on the door in the middle of the night, They are hostages in their own home with a prisoner Will the prisoner stay or leave In a suspenseful page turning debut novel, [...]

    8. Before I read Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz a debut young adult novelist , I had just finished reading The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, hearing Neil Gaiman speak about the book, and thinking about books like The Graveyard Book It s funny how related books come to me in spurts or is it just that I naturally just draw connections between the books that I am currently reading and thinking about Anyway, all of these books feel familiar and similar to me All contain young, essen [...]

    9. Annie B for beautiful and Rew live with Gran she tells them they are named Morgan for her mother, but Never Forget they are really Snow s they just cannot tell anyone As far as the children know Gran is the only family they have Grandad has passed away, Dad is dead in a violent fight, and Mom abandoned them on Gran s doorstep.They have moved from the city to the edge of the Zebra Forest, named by the kids for the trunks of the birch and oak trees that create light and dark stripes In the shade o [...]

    10. This book was so wonderful I think anyone over the age of 10 will really enjoy it I can t really describe what made me love it so much The characters were all well written and each had their own quirks and fears that they worked through in this book I loved the fact that reading and books played such a large part in all the of family, no matter what life had dealt them I loved the imagery and the flow and the page turning suspense Most of all I really enjoyed the main character Annie She respond [...]

    11. I read this in a gulp I can t wait to booktalk it with my middle school students I would disagree with the publisher s designation of ages 9 12 on it I d nudge it to 12 14 even though the kids in the story are younger.Besides the suspense and the subtle exploration of lies and truth I was moved by the description of the birch and maple zebra forest with its smells and mood and stark contrast to the shades of gray in the story.

    12. I loved this book It was different than any other book I have read The growing relationship between Andrew Snow and his children was so well done That said, I think it will take a sophisticated reader to appreciate this book.

    13. At first I wasn t sure where this book was going, but as it went on, it painted an often shocking and vivid portrayal of family, and the people caught up in dysfunction Zebra Forest is an excellent and intense middle grade novel with profound themes than the average book can handle.

    14. Originally posted at A Novel IdeaRATING 3.5 5I can definitely see this book becoming a classroom staple in the future, one of those novels you re assigned to read in 5th or 6th grade Zebra Forest offers a glimpse into the world as rationalized, and mythologized, by a child Annie and Rew are resilient, resourceful characters who are faced with some really tough moral and emotional questions They re also children forced to be grown up than they actually are, having to deal with problems that belo [...]

    15. Annie B and her brother Rew live a somewhat bucolic life in an isolated but stifling house with their Gran There is no TV, lots of stuff, nothing cleaned, old magazines, and books Depression is not mentioned but it would seem Gran is suffering from something Suddenly there is a riot at the local prison, and a prisoner arrives to take refuge in their home But it is not just any prisoner it turns out to be Annie B s and Rew s father Gran had told them he had died and now all their fantasies about [...]

    16. Expectations can harm a book s ratings as much as a poorly orchestrated story or a badly drawn character That may be the case here When I first read the plot synopsis of Zebra Forest I thought Here s a book filled with magic This may even be metafiction Zebra Forest is neither of these things it s a straight forward slow and thoughtful story, a story about family, truth, and redemption.Despite not being all I had hoped, Zebra Forest did prove something to me In 2012, I set out to discover whethe [...]

    17. This is a quiet, sweet book, one that is almost nothing like its synopsis would lead you to believe It isn t nonstop suspense or intrigue Instead, it s very much in Annie s head.And that s a great thing, because I think it would be a lesser book if it focused on the hostage situation AS a hostage situation.Although to be fair, I imagine that basically is what hostage situations would be like as time goes on You can only be afraid for so long before it becomes commonplace But that s all beside t [...]

    18. This book was unlike any I ve read for this audience Two children live with their Gran who is increasingly unable to care for them When a riot at a local prison unleashes some of the inmates, they are held hostage and deep family truths are revealed An interesting story.

    19. I stumbled upon this one accidentally because my daughter checked it out from the public library, then after a few pages was too disturbed by it to continue reading So then I just had to read it to see what Zebra Forest was all about, and I m glad I did This is the coming of age story of 11 year old Annie and her brother Rew growing up under the care of their depressed grandmother, Gran, a professional liar The past they shared with their parents is a mystery to them until one summer day when al [...]

    20. This book really struck home with me as a teacher who too often sees children forced to grow up too soon, sacrificing any sort of childhood innocence Annie and her brother Rew are those kids who have always believed their grandmother s story that their parents were dead Family secrets have been kept, however, and as everything unravels, Annie and Rew have to decide if they can forgive those they feel have betrayed them I love the cover of the book and the name of the forest, for when is life eve [...]

    21. Family secrets, lies, complex family relationshipsZebra Forest is an all encompassing book for young adults This suspenseful story keeps readers intrigued as we learn about the tangled web woven throughout our families and our family relationships This is a story about self reflection, the importance of taking responsibility for one s actions and choices, forgiveness, and unconditional love.

    22. I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a bright brother and sister whose self invented mythology about their unknown parents is suddenly replaced with a reality almost as fantastic I had the privlege of hearing the author speak about her inspiration for the book, including the importance of family stories and family history to personal identity Very glad I read this one

    23. Ok, interesting It was acceptable Another book I can add to my read list, but I don t think I ll read it again.So basically Annie was ok, Andrew was ok, Rew was so spoiled he threw silent tantrums, Gran was way too sensitive.The good point in this story was that the author was able to make it interesting even though there was such limited characters and settings.I wasn t totally impressed with this one, but I m glad I read it once.

    24. Richie s Picks ZEBRA FOREST by Adina Rishe Gewirtz, Candlewick, April 2013, 288p ISBN 978 0 7636 6041 3 Riders on the stormRiders on the stormInto this house we re bornInto this world we re thrownLike a dog without a boneActor on a loanRiders on the storm The Doors 1971 So we had no photos, not of my father, and certainly not of my mother, who, Gran said, had run off when I was three and Rew just one I had one and a half memories of my mother I say a half because whenever I tried to remember wha [...]

    25. This is not an action stuffed animal, but instead a thought provoking drama that would make for good discussions with grades 5 and up When an escaped convict flees to Annie, Rew, and Gran s house taking the family hostage, the threesome examine their lives, the definition of a criminal, and making ethical choices What at first seems black and white to Annie and Rew s childlike view, becomes fuzzy as they get to know the convict and his history Unsure what to do with their new knowledge, Annie an [...]

    26. Summary School Library Journal It s almost summer and 11 year old Annie Morgan has a small list of things she hopes to accomplish during her vacation grow tall, have an adventure, and meet her father Sadly, the last wish is impossible given her father s death in a brutal fight many years before Annie and her younger brother, Rew, live with their caring, but mentally unstable, grandmother in the backwoods of Sunshine The siblings pass the time in the Zebra Forest of birches and oaks behind their [...]

    27. This story was earnest but flawed it s character driven but none of the characters drew me in It s symbolic, but at times heavy handed The plot has trouble an escaped con stumbles onto the house that holds his mother and his children I understand how the grandmother could have moved to quietly live near her son, but her son just happens to open the door that belongs to her house And Gewirtz doesn t invoke magical realism or anything else about strange circumstances and the ways in which the univ [...]

    28. During the summer of 1980 eleven year old Annie Morgan learns that her life has been built on a house of cards consisting of lies and secrets Things at home have been tenuous at best for a long time since her grandmother is prone to depressions that send her to bed for long periods of time Annie and her brother Rew have learned to fend for themselves, and Annie pays the bills and purchases the groceries from time to time But when a local prison break at Enderfield sends several prisoners running [...]

    29. Annie and Rew live with their increasingly checked out Gran and the stories they make up about the life and career of their dead father Sometimes they go to school and sometimes they don t, but they have an understanding with their social worker Their lives are enriched by telling jokes together, the occasional pancake feast, Treasure Island, and the times they spend playing and seeking calm in the black and white Zebra Forest.When there is a huge breakout from the local jail, Annie, Rew, and Gr [...]

    30. The woods behind their house provide solace for 11 year old Annie and her little brother Rew in a thriller of a book that unfolds during the Iran hostage crisis You ll hold your breath reading The Zebra Forest, by Adina Rishe Gewirtz The forest is a leafy oasis, a hideaway that changes with the season and separates the children s ramshackle house from a state prison on the outskirts of Sunshine, population 2,000 Annie and Rew don t have it easy Their mother deserted them when they were small and [...]

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