Zebra Forest

Zebra Forest

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When eleven-year-old Annie first started lying to her social worker, she had been taught by an expert: Gran. She told 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, 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, this novel 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.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763660413
Branch Call Number: J GEW
Characteristics: 200 p. ;,23 cm

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Great candidate for KCLS's You Choose the Next Newbery! A story that remains suprisingly gripping in view of how much of the story is about waiting. Protagonist's voice is authentic and nicely conveys her evolving feelings as she copes with a rather extraordinary situation. Some scary moments, but just the right amount to keep you wanting to find out what happens. Great insights about the different characters' personalities, motivations, weaknesses, and mistakes. Definitely a worthwhile and enjoyable read for grades 4-6.

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Oct 25, 2013

Suspenseful as all get-out with a wrenching story of a family torn apart by a terrible crime.

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