Zebra Forest

Zebra Forest

by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

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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 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.
From ZEBRA FORESTWe called it the Zebra Forest because it looked like a zebra. Its trees were a mix of white birch and chocolate oak, and if you stood a little ways from it, like at our house looking across the back field that was our yard, you saw stripes, black and white, that went up into green. Gran never went out there except near dusk, when the shadows gathered. She didn’t like to be out in full sunlight usually, and told me once she didn’t like the lines the trees made. Gran was always saying stuff like that. Perfectly beautiful things — like a clean blue sky over the Zebra — made tears come to her eyes, and if I tried to get her to come outside with me, she’d duck her head and hurry upstairs to bed. But then it would be storming, lightning sizzling the tops of the trees, and she’d run round the house, cheerful, making us hot cocoa and frying up pancakes and warming us with old quilts. We had few rules in our house, but keeping out of the Zebra Forest in a storm was one of them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763671662
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 468,435
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Adina Rishe Gewirtz has worked as a freelance journalist, a high-school tutor, and a business-writing consultant. The author of How to Say It: Business Writing That Works, Adina Gewirtz now coaches writers and spends most of her time focused on her first love, fiction writing. Zebra Forest is her first novel. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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We called it the Zebra Forest because it looked like a zebra. Its trees were a mix of white birch and chocolate oak, and if you stood a little ways from it, like at our house looking across the back field that was our yard, you saw stripes, black and white, that went up into green. Gran never went out there except near dusk, when the shadows gathered. She didn’t like to be out in full sunlight usually, and told me once she didn’t like the lines the trees made. Gran was always saying stuff like that. Perfectly beautiful things — like a clean blue sky over the Zebra — made tears come to her eyes, and if I tried to get her to come outside with me, she’d duck her head and hurry upstairs to bed. But then it would be storming, lightning sizzling the tops of the trees, and she’d run round the house, cheerful, making us hot cocoa and frying up pancakes and warming us with old quilts. We had few rules in our house, but keeping out of the Zebra Forest in a storm was one of them.

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Zebra Forest 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
book4children More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting look at family secrets and what happens when they all unravel. Eleven year old Annie, her brother Rew, and Gran are taken hostage in their own home when a man breaks in. All four people will learn about themselves, each other, and the past as they are locked in the house together. The story was very interesting and well written. I really liked the internal struggle that Annie went through and the outward struggle she had with the other occupants of the house. I liked the way each character changed over the course of the book and how even though lots of wounds were opened, many others were healed. The only downside to the book was that I'm not sure kids will like it. It's pretty slow and deals more with feelings, hurts, and trust than anything else. I think the right kid will like it, but I don't see it being widely accepted by middle grade readers. Content: Some violence
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a fun and adventurous quick read. Not every book has to be part of a series and drag on forever. This story would be great for kids in middle school looking for a short story that takes your imagination on a ride :)
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She pads in and lays down.
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*lays motionless*
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