Zebra Forest [sound recording] / Adina Gewirtz.
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- ISBN: 9781469274850
- ISBN: 146927485X
- ISBN: 9781469275031
- ISBN: 1469275031
- Physical Description: 4 sound discs (240 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
- Edition: Unabridged.
- Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2013.
|General Note:||Title from web page.
|Participant or Performer Note:||Read by Kate Reinders.|
|Summary, etc.:||Driven by suspense and psychological intrigue, Adina Gerwitz's debut 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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Annie B. and Rew live with their grandma in a cluttered house that backs up on a forest of silent paper-bark trees. Gran has good days and bad days, and Annie and Rew know how to manage her and keep social services at bay. One stormy night, an escaped convict shows up, breaks in, and throws their lives into a tailspin. The convict, Andrew Snow, is their father although Gran always said he had been killed and he moves in, holding his own family hostage. Each handles the situation in his or her own way. Gran retreats, Rew refuses to deal, and Annie walks a tightrope of reconciliation. Gewirtz channels Annie's perspective with precision, and Annie's matter-of-fact take on her grandmother's hoarding and her father's occupation feels honest and true. The tight narrative laden with symbolism, such as a copy of Treasure Island missing half of its pages, a backdrop of the Iran hostage crisis, and the forest itself is held together with the strength of the characters. This slim, tense debut novel will interest children looking for suspense or family drama.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2010 Booklist
School Library Journal Review
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Gr 5-8-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 house, weaving elaborate fantasies of their dad as a pirate or secret agent. When a prison escapee barges into their house and holds them hostage, the siblings are shocked to discover that the interloper is their presumed-dead father, Andrew Snow. Gran's fragile state renders her incapable of helping the children process this revelation. Rew lashes out against his captor, refusing to believe that this man is his dad. Annie is torn between siding with her brother and her desire to know their father. Gewirtz veers away from melodrama, deftly capturing nuances of family dynamics in spare prose. Another notable element is the thematic parallel with Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, which the children read throughout the story. Despite Zebra Forest's slow start, audiences will appreciate this novel's multilayered characters and touching message of hope and forgiveness.-Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
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As summer vacation starts, 11-year-old Annie has the same three wishes as always: to get taller, to have an adventure, and to meet her father. She's not holding her breath-nothing ever happens in her tiny town, and although Annie and her younger brother, Rew, spend hours spinning stories about their father, they know he's dead. They live with their grandmother near a jail, and when an escaped prisoner holds them hostage in their house, two of Annie's wishes come true in ways she never imagined. Debut author Gewirtz successfully conveys the terror and tedium of being trapped, as well as Annie and Rew's pain and emotional turmoil over learning their father isn't who they believed. While the situation may frighten some readers, the matter-of-fact way Annie and Rew make the best of difficult circumstances (beyond being held hostage, their mother is out of the picture, and their grandmother is in and out of touch with reality may be comforting to those whose families don't match the ideal. An emotionally honest family story with an ending that's hopeful without being implausibly upbeat. Ages 9-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.