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Jip, His Story

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  851 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

They tell Jip he tumbled off the back of a wagon when he was small, and no one ever came back for him. He never had a reason to question this tale--but then a stranger shows up and begins asking about him around town. Who is this man, and could he possibly know something about Jip's past?
Paperback, 181 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Puffin Books (first published October 1st 1996)
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Jip is an interesting character. An orphan, as the book opens, Jip works hard on the poor farm, thinks he cannot learn, and makes the most out of his life. He appreciates the friendships he has with other poor farm folk, and feels proud about his special ability to work with the animals of the farm. But he does wonder why no one came to get him after he fell off the cart that left him where the poor farm people found him when he was a baby. They have called him Jip because they assume his folk m ...more
Omar Villegas

The book is about a boy named Jip he is a young boy. Jip lives on this farm, Sheldon was also a boy that growed up with Jip, they both have to do chores around the farm. This book is very interesting, there were parts in the book that made you get on the edge of your seat because how intense it gets. The book can make you feel happy when something good happens to Jip. The book can also make you get sad because of the things that Jip did and what happened to him. This book is about some
Linda Lipko
Jip is a story of the evilness of slavery, of poverty, of classism, of hope and the wonderful commitment to safety via the underground railroad. Jip (so named because allegedly as a baby, he fell off a wagon while traveling with gypsies), lives and works on a poor farm, uneducated and mistreated, still his love of others shines through.

When an older man deemed a lunatic is sent to live on the farm, Jip soon befriends him and looks upon him as a father he never had. When an untrustworthy man come
I agree with my sister who called this book "an exquisite little gem of historical fiction." I read it first and recommended it to her, but she beat me to reviewing it. Wendy, you always have been good at turning a phrase. :) Anyway, this story is set in pre-Civil War New England. The protagonist is a likeable boy who was a foundling. He lives on the town poor farm with an assortment of odd characters and animals. Then one day a sinister stranger comes to town and seems to take an unusual intere ...more
So this ended up being my last book for the USA by the book challenge started by Moonlight Reader. She can't give me any guff since I did finsih all of the books I signed up for...who cares that it took me til December to finish this up :-)

JIP His Story ended up being my last book but only because I accidentally left it at the office and started on Devilish. I wish that I had not ended the book challenge with this book because it really was a downer. That does not mean it's not a great book. It
Jip doesn’t know his real name or who his parents are at the poor farm he lives on in Vermont in the 1850’s. When he is sent to school, he is read Oliver Twist and his teacher loans him Uncle Tom's Cabin, but it’s some slave catchers who identify who he is. And it is his Teacher, (view spoiler) and his and her friends who get him away to Canada. I enjoyed this, though the copy I read has ...more
Jip, a young boy who lives on the poor farm has no knowledge of his family or any clue about where he came from other than the oft-told story that he fell off the back of a gypsy wagon when he was three years old. Then one day a peculiar stranger comes to town and starts poking around and asking about Jip's history.

This book does not have a good beginning. It took me a solid three chapters to get totally into it, but once I was in, I was hooked. There are so many themes in Jip, I wanted to stop
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Amy Herrick
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book:
Historical Fiction

Estimate of age level of interest:
Grades 5-8

Estimate of reading level:
Grade 6

Brief description:
Jip lives on the town poor farm in Vermont in the 1850s. No one knows who his parents were or why they didn’t come back for him when, as an infant, he fell off a wagon in the middle of the night. One day, a mysterious stranger comes to town. He begins asking around about Jip. With courage and the help of his friend, the town “l
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Growing up on a poor farm, Jip has always believed he fell off a gypsy wagon as a small child and could never understand why nobody tried to find him. The appearance of a persistent stranger holds the promise for an answer, but Jip doesn't trust the man.

This book was recommended to me by a colleague as a great boy's story. It was a wonderful read.
Katherine Paterson's writing is hypnotic. The way she shapes language brings beauty to that dried ink on each page. Jip, the main character in this book, is not only likeable, but a role model. The reader is lucky enough to hear his decision-making process and his morality despite his tough life. He just makes me yearn for the peace of a simple life! My only reservation about this book is the predictability of the plot -- at least for an adult reader. A younger reader, which this book is intende ...more
I hope, one day, to write characters as interesting, heartfelt and authentic as Katherine Paterson's.
Marina Neira
I am very glad I took a chance and bought this book. It managed me to surprise me several times. I usually "see things coming" so to speak, it's rare that a book can have a truly unexpected turn that to me doesn't feel forced. If anything prevents me from giving it five stars it's the ending. It's not that it didn't make sense, but it didn't leave me wholly satisfied, and I can't put my finger on why. Nonetheless, this is a book that has earned a permanent place in my library, for sure. Very nic ...more
Sherry Thornberry
What can I say about this book? I cried for Jip both in happiness and lament. It is a book that is so easy to become emotionally invested in. I was proud to see Lyddie doing so well. I knew her from another book. I just want to bring Jip to my house and give him a good life with a family and love regardless if he fell from a gypsy wagon or if he was born of a situation involving a fair complected slave and her owner. But I also want to skin the slaver and heel his hide to a barn door. This was a ...more
I loved this book! It seemed really boring at first,but it became really interesting. Jip is a young boy who works on a farm. He was told by the other workers on the farm that he fell out of a wagon on the road, supposedly hitting his head. He was found later and brought to the farm. No one knew who he was and no one came to collect him. Because of his strange skin color, the others assumed he was a gypsy. Put is content with his work and has a way with animals and people. Because of this, he is ...more
This book Jip, is about a boy who story goes that he fell off a gypsy wagon which is his namesake. He has a friend named Sheldon and later a lunatic is housed at the poor farm with no self control at times. Then Sheldon dies in a working accident and he's left with the lunatic. Soon he's found out how smart the lunatic is than he is given credit for. Then a stranger comes with the mystery of Jip's real birth mother/father and he has to discover how he came to be with his friend.

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Jip was a very interesting book. It was about a farm boy who is an orphan and he has to find out why. I think a strength of this book is how the author wrote about how the people at the time would speak. A weakness of the book is that it was confusing in some parts due jumping around on topics. I would recommend this book to anyone. I would recommend this book to anyone because it gives a great feeling like you are living in colonel New England. This book is not part of a series.
Kind of a latter day Uncle Tom's Cabin for the 'my pretty pony" set.

This childrens story starts out well enough but gets progressively more juvenile as it goes along. The sentiments are all great but the final few chapters don't seem to have been written with as much care as the earlier story. Either that or I'd reached my limit.

Of course this is a childrens story, but many of those that I've read work on several levels. This one really doesn't. While it brings up a number of issues that the 8
Feb 20, 2008 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers, older (mature) kids
I've been on a Katherine Patterson kick these last few weeks/months. She has yet to really dissapoint me. I've come to the conclusion that most of her books (what I've read at least) deal with children coming to terms with reality, or who undergo some dramatic change in their thought process during the course of the novel.

Jip is no different. I liked the twist at the end, and as usual I teared up at least once. I thought it was interesting how she worked the climax into the character's story an
Nathan Wilson
I think the book is about what life was like back in the old days when people didn't have money to buy the things they need, or they cant pay bills so they loose the things they own and have to go live on a farm that is kinda like a foster home for kids that get lost or their parents do not want them so they take them there and let the owners of the farm take care of them.

I rated the book as five stars because it was very clear and everything fit together very well
Does clue you into what happens to Lyddie when she grows up. The narrator of the story though is the boy Jip. Good twist in plot. For Paterson not so much a downer as some of her other books. Still though not a happy story.
Karen Martin
Great additional reading when studying the Underground Railroad. Hope that's not a spoiler--totally took me by surprise, but in a great way since my youngest is about to learn tackle that subject in US History.
Beth Browne
Like Suzanne Collins' Gregor the Overlander series, this book was difficult to read aloud because I was crying so hard at the end. Someone recently told me that historical fiction has been criticized as not helpful in teaching history and I cannot disagree more vehemently. A story like this, which moves the reader to tears, can't help but impress on that reader and when the subject is historical, all the better. I can't understand why it wasn't this book of Paterson's that won the Newbery as it' ...more
Ron Christiansen
A solid novel. Unique angle and characters. Mostly refreshing for a historical novel except the closing act becomes lots of adventure and chasing without the heft of the rest of the novel.
Katharine Ott
"Jip, His Story" - written by Katherine Paterson and published in 1996 by Dutton Juvenile. A very good Civil War story, heavy material for young readers.
Jip is a young man who lives at the county poor farm in rural Vermont. He doesn't know his actual history as to how he arrived there as a baby, but those who run the poor farm belittle him by telling him he fell out of the back of a gypsy wagaon. Jip has learned to like where he lives and even has made friends with those that the community find undesirable. When a local "lunatic" is delievered to the poor farm, Jip is ordered to make the cage he'll be living in. Jip finds the lunatic to be his b ...more
Annie (Claire McCaslin) mccaslin
jip is a boy who fell off a, so called gypsey wagon when he was a baby. he has moved between houses, and farms for his whole life as a worker boy. finally he returns back to the poor farm, the closest thing to home for him. he has his freinds there, sheldon, and all the animals on the farm.

review#2 i have now finished this book, and i really liked it. it can be pretty sad though, and really confusing, you kust have to keep reading, and they re-tell most of the confusing parts so in the end it is
So far this book has been pretty good. I was a little confused in the beginning when old Bertha is talking to him because it kind of just jumps in to the book without explaining anything. One thing that i am wondering about right now is why the overseer chose Shelden to go in stead of Jip. I like the part when the family comes to live with Jip's overseer because it makes jip really happy. I was not sure this book was going to be good because of the cover picture and the title, but this book is r ...more
Christiana Powell
This is a fine piece of work that took me by surprise. I will read this again and again because it is sublime.
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People are always asking me questions I don't have answers for. One is, "When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?" The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman. Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted t
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