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Zinny Taylor: Explorer

It started out as an ordinary summer. But the minute thirteen-year-old Zinny discovered 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 peopl
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1997)
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Cassady Adams No, this book is realistic fiction but not very historical.

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Meghan Cobb
Mar 04, 2009 Meghan Cobb is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
it's very sad in the first 14 pages
Wendy
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
Patti
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
Tasia
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.
Tiffany
I loved this book. It's a great book that makes you laugh. If you haven't read this before, you must read it!
Tmimhoff
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
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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
Zoe G
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.
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
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Bailey Kapitzke
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
Alejandra Ramirez
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
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Linda
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-
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Salim Ajarrag
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
Lainie Bierman
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
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Meline
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
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Olivia
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
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Eliece
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.
Amanda
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.
Celeste
I thought this book was just ok. I wouldn't say that it was a bad book---I just wouldn't recommend it as a "good read". I do like how she writes....if you want to read a really good book by this author read "Walk Two Moons"!! I loved that!!
Francine Plant
Things Lost, Things Regained

Another bittersweet story by Sharon Creech. Zinny is a girl surrounded by loving, but incredibly noisy family. She discovers a trail buried in the woods near her house. This is the story of how she wanted to clear the long trail between her home in Bybanks, and neighboring Chocton. On the way we learn a lot about her, her changing and growing, along with friend and family as the trail becomes clearer...Great characters and joy and sorrow intermingled with longing and
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Elizabeth Crook
My sister turned me on to this book because her daughter loved it so much. I read it with my daughter when she was in second grade. It is powerful and beautifully strange, both realistic and magical at the same time. Sharon Creech is a fearless writer who doesn't shy away from the hard truths about loss and old age and the perpetual mystery of death, and yet avoids the sinister: her books are a celebration of kindness and discovery. After reading Chasing Redbird we read her others and found them ...more
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Once again, another great Sharon Creech book.
Maddalena
Questo libro ha qualcosa di magico.
Tutti i libri di Sharon Creech, in realtà, hanno qualcosa di magico.
Qualcosa di profondamente riflessivo sotto il tono leggero e scorrevole (l'ho letto in tipo tre ore! esattamente quello che mi serviva dopo essermi trascinata The dark is Rising per settimane XD), qualcosa di inaspettato eppure totalmente credibile.
I suoi personaggi non sono mai piatti, sono sempre bidimensionali nelle loro luci e ombre, e soprattutto sono assolutamente umani. Tipo, persone.
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Emily Bardin
Zinnia Taylor often feels lost in the middle of her large family. When she finds an historic path that stretches from her family farm to a neighboring town. She unearths the path in her attempts to escape the craziness of her family, her guilt about her aunt's and cousin's deaths, and the incredibly annoying Jake Boone.

Chasing Redbird is one of my favorite books. I enjoy the quirkiness of Creech's writing in this book that adds humor to such heavy matters. It's definitely a heart-warming book.
Patti
Undoubtedly, Sharon Creech is one of my favorite authors and I look forward to each one of her books, wondering if any will top “Walk Two Moons”. “Chasing Redbird” was very good, and an enjoyable read for me.

All of Sharon Creech’s novels I have read so far are definitely 6th grade to adult. Many of the subjects are thought provoking and enlightening in a self-discovery way. That’s a good thing, as it doesn’t matter how old we are, something wonderful can be quietly taught, or confirmed, for eac
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Catherine
If I could, I would give this book 2 1/2 starts. I'm not sure if I liked it or not. I didn't really like the characters. I found Zinny was selfish in many ways. I understand that she was dealing with grief, but the whole thing seemed really contrived.

I didn't like Jake, and I wouldn't want my daughter to date him - ever. He is dishonest, but then again, so is Zinny. I didn't like that Zinny was friends with Sal. That part bugged me. I loved Walk Two Moons, and I didn't want Zinny interloping on
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Rori Rischak
This was my second favorite book growing up (the number one spot went to Time Windows). It falls into the category I refer to as escapist literature.

Zinny Taylor has six brothers and sisters, and desperately wants her space to figure out who she is and what she wants to be. I only had two siblings, but growing up (and even now, as an adult) I could definitely relate to the sentiment of wanting to explore who you are, without the criticism and distraction of other people.

She discovers a path in t
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Lori
"Life is a bowl of spaghetti...every now and then you get a meatball" and "sometimes it's a good meatball and sometimes it's a bad meatball".
A really sweet book about a 13 year old girl who uncovers a trail and needs to see the trail uncovered all the way to the end. There are many lessons she learns along the way and mysteries she is able to put to rest. The book cover suggests readers aged 8-12, but I think it could go up to high school.

While taking notes, there were a lot of different categor
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Risheilly
This book was so much fun to read. It's about a girl named Zinny who feels left alone. She also feels that it's her fault that her little cousin Rose died at the agr of four. Rose an d Zinny wer eborn on the same month and they grew up together. But then Zinny ended up getting sick and Rose ended up getting sick to but worse so Rose ended up dying and Zinny feels that is she would of never gotten sick Rose wouldn't of ended up dying. Then after that her aunt Jessie died and Zinny thinks that tha ...more
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Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech is about Zinnia Taylor. Zinnia (Zinny) has grown up closer to her aunt and uncle then to her own parents. It is probably because her cousin Rose died when they were little and they were the best of friends. Zinny feels like it is her fault Rose died of whooping cough. When Zinny is thirteen, she uncovers a trail in the woods. She takes it as her own trail and says she is an explorer. One day when she is clearing the woods, she finds a medallion with TNWM on it. S ...more
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