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Zebra Forest

de Adina Rishe Gewirtz

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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.… (més)
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I'm not always drawn in to read a book solely because of its cover. The story has to grab my attention as well. But I'll admit that the evocative cover for Zebra Forest got me sucked in all on its own and I'm forever grateful. I don't think my short review here can do the book justice. So much unfolds in its slender pages. It's a book that seems relatively simple and innocent on the surface, yet there is such depth that I'm still thinking about it a few weeks later. And I love how the presence and imagery of the zebra forest emerges as an essential character in the family's lives. What a wonderful story. I recommend getting it on your read list! ( )
  jjpseattle | Aug 2, 2020 |
Annie and her brother Rew live with their grandmother because their mom is gone and their dad is dead; so when their dad shows up at the door as an escaped prisoner, their world is upended. With Gran in a silent retreat behind the closed door of her room, it's up to Annie and Rew to figure out who are the good guys and the bad guys in their own story--and what they should do about it.

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The idea for this story is so good, but the book felt a little tired. Had it been more vigorously wrought, I think Gewirtz would have had a fair shot at a Newbery. And I'm still excited to see what she does next, now that she's got this first novel under her belt. ( )
  rhowens | Nov 26, 2019 |
This quiet, sad book does some unusual things. I was struck by the relationship between the kids and their grandmother, that she struggles with dementia but is nevertheless probably the best caretaker they're going to get -- and their social worker knows it. That's not obviously the right decision, but I could see why everyone involved was making it. The same can be said for relationship choices later in the story, and told in flashback. I respect the shades of grey; nothing is tied up neatly with a bow here.

That said, for a short book with escaped convicts and a dangerous forest and summer adventures, very little happens. I found it lovely, but it will be a hard sell for almost any kid I know.

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  SamMusher | Sep 7, 2019 |
I didn't feel a connection with any one of the characters. Taking place in one household, a family (grandmother and two grandchildren) is held hostage by a fugitive, who coincidentally is the son of Gran and the children's father. The children were told he was dead and now have to face truths and emotions that they were unaware existed. I felt that the characters were not fleshed out very well and maybe that is why I felt not empathy. Overall, a nice, short debut by the author, but not worthy of more than an okay review in my opinion.
  brandilgrosso | Nov 29, 2018 |
Very quick read, would have liked to know more of the back story. Overall a good book. ( )
  MrsThakkar | May 20, 2018 |
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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.

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