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Chasing Redbird

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,527 Ratings  ·  603 Reviews
It started out as an ordinary summer. But the minute thirteen-year-old Zinny covered the old, overgrown trail that ran through the woods behind her family's house, she realized that things were about to change.

Right from the start, Zinny knew that uncovering the trail would be more than just a summer project. It was her chance to finally make people notice her, and to have
ebook, 272 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1997)
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May 15, 2016 Birchsilver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm... it's a hard one. Zinny seems eccentric, yet I like her. But the blurb is misleading. She seems obsessed with clearing the trail, and all the while Uncle Nate is being a loony (forgive me for being so harsh).

Jake... he's alright. I just don't like his (view spoiler)
Meghan Cobb
Mar 04, 2009 Meghan Cobb is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
it's very sad in the first 14 pages
Peter Heinrich
Creech knows how to tell the story of someone coming to terms with family, self, and painful (often devastating) loss. The details are always interesting along the way, and the writing clear and un-self-conscious.

I did have a little trouble with this book, though, because of the whole Rose component of the story. By "trouble" I mean I'm a pushover for that kind of thing and can easily be manipulated into any emotional corner desired. Was I a mess when we discover what's stored at the cabin? Big
Jul 14, 2014 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
With profound insight, Sharon Creech reminds all of us how insular our world is as a child. Twelve year old Zinny spends the summer uncovering a path she found that leads from her farm to the shores of the Ohio River. With each foot of dirt and weeds she pushes away she gains insights into her family she had always taken for granted and understands that many of her childhood assumptions are untrue. Zinny assumes her words and actions affect the huge life issues she witnesses throughout her child ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. It's a great book that makes you laugh. If you haven't read this before, you must read it!
Chasing Redbird is written by Sharon Creech, and is about thirteen-year old Zinny Taylor who lives in Kansas on her families farm. She grows up with her two older brothers and her Aunt "Redbird" and Uncle Nate. She grows up becoming best friends with her cousin Rose all her childhood until she suddenly dies, of whooping cough at a young age. Zinny spends almost every second she can trying to find a way to get away from her family and the seldom privacy of her small rural town, where everybody kn ...more
SUMMARY: 13 year old Zinny Taylor has nothing to call her own. She soon finds a trail in which she uncovers.

PASSAGE: From far below came the mournful train whistle, and I instictively turned in the direction of the farm, thinking of the ash tree and the cardinals and Aunt Jessie and Uncle Nate. My family would be clattering around the dinner table, and I wondereed if anyone would notice I was gone. Out flew another scene: my parents getting up early that morning to see me off. And another: Sam s
Oct 01, 2015 Nya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Zinny's Aunt and cousin die there's a lot of mysterious! For starters what is she doing that's a crime? Why did this boy give her a ring? Where did it go and why did the cops come and say he stole it? Whats going why is Zinny trespassing? Why is the girl dead in the dresser? Read this book to find out whats happening! I recommend this book to everyone who likes mysteries!!

This book can be found in almost every library!!

Level V
Our local library children's book club selected this book for their June 2016 discussion. It's a fast read and really grabs at the reader's heart strings.

I liked that Sharon Creech weaves familiar names and places from other stories like Walk Two Moons and Absolutely Normal Chaos.

The tale is sweet, yet melancholy. It is filled with longing and remembrance and even the hurt from missing our loved ones. But it also really shows how we all need some solitude at times and that the quiet can help s
Eh. Just struck me as a really dysfunctional group of people and a family that doesn't have enough time for itself. There's no real resolve to anything, and the end feels like Zinnia's just getting herself entangled with a boy who's trouble. Not too impressed with this one.
Zoe G
Oct 08, 2014 Zoe G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books! I loved how they used different animals and plants as symbols. I also liked how it told you all of Zinnie's feelings and thought because it added to the mood of the story.
Stacey Kym
Feb 03, 2016 Stacey Kym rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ya-2016
I only picked up 'Chasing Redbird' because it was short but let me tell you that I did not regret it! When it first started, I thought it was yet another "soulful" and "depressing" novel about yet another girl experiencing hard life and whining about it because she couldn't deal with it. Read it and done that. But, no...'Chasing Redbird' surprised me in a lot of ways.
1) It grew on me.
2) It intrigued me and made me actually want to read it.
3) I totally understood the character.
4) It made me cry.
Ika Maniz
Ini mengisahkan tentang seorang gadis bernama Zinny Taylor yang tinggal di pinggiran kota kecil Bybanks bersama keluarga besarnya. Ia merasa terasingkan dalam keluarganya sendiri, ini dikarenakan dia memiliki 6 saudara, 3 adik laki - laki, seorang adik perempuan dan 2 kakak perempuan. Mereka adalah Will, Ben, Sam, Bonnie,May, Gretcheen. Namun May kakaknya yang menyebabkan dia tidak betah di rumah, karena May selalu mengatai Zinny aneh dan pelit. May terkenal sangat cantik. Banyak teman laki- lak ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Avery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little girl named Zinny has always wondered what was outside her little village. Being responsible for her cousins death and causing her uncle into depression she now realizes that she can't do anything write and doesn't deserve life. Until she discovers a hidden trail to a secret ghost town. After another mysterious death Zinny knows what to do and the only way is to commit a crime.


Level: V
Abrar Hammadi
I enjoyed reading this book, because it's about self discovery,forgiveness, and learning how to love and trust others. The book has it's ups and downs, but I recommend this book to those who love to read good books.

I didn't really like how there was so much death in the book, it made even more depressing. Overall, the book was enjoyable.
Aug 20, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is classic Sharon Creech, in the very best way. A nice blend of coming of age, romance, and a touch of magical realism. Also nicely melancholy, but with moments of humor as well. The voice of Zinnie is exceptionally strong, perhaps the most so of any of Creech's books I've read. A little slow in some spots, but highly recommended nonetheless.
Bailey Kapitzke
Nov 29, 2012 Bailey Kapitzke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a good book. It was one of my favorite childhood books, but I was suprised at how different I remembered the plot. Sharon Creech does an awesome job describing the exact thought of each character as well as the relationships between characters. The main character, Zinny, is a little younger than myself so I thought it got a little slow at times. I especially liked the ending because more action happened with Zinny and her secret trail. I recommend this book to younger adults or any ...more
Susan Beecher
Sep 26, 2015 Susan Beecher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written and thoughtful young adult novel.
Chloe Johnson
Jul 16, 2015 Chloe Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-13-25
This is the story of a young girl named Zinny. She is part of a large family and feels she doesn't have a personal identity. In addition to this she is struggling to overcome loss and guilt. As a child her cousin Rose died. To compansate for this loss she becomes very close to her aunt, but as her aunt dies later, she feels very lost and is searching for answers and some one to confide in. She does this by clearing a 20 mile trail she discovers in her back yard. As she clears this trail she lear ...more
I had read another book by Sharon Creech a few days ago, so I looked for more of her books. This is an odd book. Zinnia, is a thirteen year old, who feels her family doesn't pay enough attention to her. She has two sisters, and two brothers. They live in a house with two sides. Her parents side is crowded and noisy. The other side was for her aunt and uncle, and at one time their daughter, Rose, who died, when she was four years old. Zinny and Rose were best friends, and did everything together. ...more
Alejandra Ramirez
Oct 05, 2014 Alejandra Ramirez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chasing redbird is written by Sharon Creesh published in 1997. A story about a girl named Zinnia known as "Zinny" a very quiet thirteen year old, who has a large amount of brothers and sisters. Zinny enjoys to spending most of her time with her aunt and uncle Jessie and Nate, who once had a daughter named Rose same age as Zinny. One day Rose got the whopping cough and got it bad bad that eventually died from it. Ever since Zinny has been palming her self for Rose death.

Years have passed and Z
Jul 27, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very difficult book for me to rate. While it did keep my interest, it never actually became interesting. Yes, I know that doesn't make much sense. There are many books labeled as "coming of age". This is perhaps one of those. Or maybe it's more like a young teenaged girl finding her own identity and doing what she has to do to get it.

Zinny (Zinnia) Taylor is a 13 year-old girl in a large family living on a farm in Kentucky. She has a "mess of brothers and sisters"- 7 kids altogether-
Salim Ajarrag
Jun 13, 2014 Salim Ajarrag rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Creech's novel, Chasing Redbird I can easily say may be one of my favorite books that I have ever read. Creech's purpose in writing Chasing Redbird is to create two main themes. This first theme is that everyone grieves in their own way. The second theme is that amongst the tragedies and chaos in life, it is inevitable that one should experience self-discovery and growth. The impact that this book had on me was tremendous, so I can only assume that a wider audience would, too, enjoy readi ...more
Apr 18, 2016 Woods rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sharon Creech. Chasing Redbird. HarperCollins Publisher, Inc., New York. 1997
Middle School - Realistic
I kept coming across this book about a girl who discovers a trail behind her home and became intrigued by it. This book is written for 10-14 year olds, but I believe people older, even into adulthood would enjoy this story, as I did. In fact, while it is written for a younger audience, there are many things in the book that would make more sense to an adult.
The story follows a thirteen year old
Lainie Bierman
Oct 12, 2014 Lainie Bierman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I just finished reading an extremely good book for English. I chose to read the book, “Chasing Redbird” by Sharon Creech because we had to read a book for English class and the artwork on the cover was very interesting. The setting is a quiet town in the South, where people seem to know things about you before you know them yourself. The book’s main character is 13 year old Zinny Taylor, one of 7 kids in her family, and the quietest of them all.

The story takes off when Zinny’s aunt - and the o
Sep 13, 2014 Meline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech is a realistic fiction about a girl named Zinnia. Zinnia is the quietest of six children and is often mistaken for her sisters. Tired of her lack of identity, she intends to clear a path she found when exploring. Driven on by the feeling of guilt for her aunt's death which Zinnia deems her fault. Along the way she encounters a confusing boy named Jake and maybe even a mystery or two.
You can tell this is realistic based on Zinnia’s boy problems, while you are un
Jul 21, 2015 Myra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm back and forth on my rating of this between "it was okay" and "I liked it." Overall, I think I was expecting something more from a Newberry winning author.

Zinny is a 13-year-old girl in the middle of a huge, loud extended family. One summer, she discovers a trail behind her house and sets of to clear it and discover all its mysteries. Throw in the back stories of a cousin who died young and a boy who has returned to the neighborhood and it trying to get the attention of our young protagonist
Jul 05, 2014 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book (in my oppinion) states the importance of the trail to Zinny(the main character). Zinny is a 13 yearold girl that just discovered an old abandond trail in the midst of her back yard.Suddenly sparked with curiosty,Zinny had to figure out where the trail led too.While living in a large family Zinny unusually has anything to call her own, so the trail was the one thing she was determined to keep to herself.
In this novel she learns how to take on the wieght of life while experiencing some
Jul 02, 2009 Eliece rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A coming-of-age-tale about a girl who finds herself while out clearing and old historical trail. I am a big Sharon Creech fan, but this is definately not her best. There are some cute characters and nice moments, but lots of plot holes and huh? situations.
Sep 27, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creech has an interesting way of writing. If you've read, Walk Two Moons and liked it, you'll probably like this one too. I didn't care for the ending. I think I'm really picky about my endings. I'd say more but I don't want to ruin it for anyone.
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