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Chasing Redbird

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  12,161 ratings  ·  764 reviews
To Zinny Taylor, life is like trying to untangle spaghetti - she needs to escape the chaos of her family. So when she finds a long-forgotten trail in the wild woods near her home, she resolves to follow it. It's a journey that leads her to unravel the dark secrets of her aunt's life - and her own. And while Zinny chases ghosts in the woods, gorgeous Jake Boone is determine ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 7th 2007 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Katie Adams
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Re-reading Sharon Creech books is such a joy. Unlike many of the books I loved as a child, Creech’s books stand the test of time and still resonate with me as an adult.
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
Ashley  Jacobson
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-youth
What? I'm surprised that this is the same author as Walk Two Moons....well I guess I'm not surprised, but the difference in quality could not be any different! It's another quirky girl finding herself after a loved one leaves her life. But this book was just odd! I don't even want my kids reading it. The plot was weird and the lessons were not what I want my kids reading.

The aunt and the whole drawer thing is off, but it's even worse that she kept her dead baby in one. And then the creepy shrine
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Meghan Cobb
Mar 04, 2009 is currently reading it
it's very sad in the first 14 pages ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Mia Giarritano
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! It was such a beautiful story about a girl who lost her Aunt Jessie. The book is called Chasing Redbird because Jessie's husband Nate, called her Redbird. Along the way Zinny Taylor finds a hidden trail. I loved this book because it was really interesting and adventurous to read. ...more
Zoe G
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars

Another of my pre-teen/teen reads. I liked it less than the other book I read from her, but—anyway—I'd recommend it for young readers.
Audrey (Warped Shelves)
I woke up at 3 a.m. and couldn't wait until morning to finish this book--Chasing Redbird had me up reading by flashlight like a kid again!

Creech writes with an all-encompassing style that leaves the reader helpless but to enjoy the story. The world is tangible, the characters real, and the voice and dialogue flawlessly executed. All these excellent storytelling elements make it easy to fall into the pages--I must have binged 100+ pages last evening!

Why only 3 stars? (God, 3-star reviews are har
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always know I'll like Sharon Creech's books. I'd recently read Walk Two Moons and yesterday I needed a new middle grade to read so I grabbed Chasing Redbird off my daughter's shelf. And I had no idea it was a companion book to Walk Two Moons. I was even more enchanted by Zinnia Taylor and her family than I was by Sal and the Hiddles.

Zinnia is lost in her big family. She hides in plain sight by being "the quiet one." She has always found solace with her beloved Aunt Jessie and Uncle Nate who l
Mar 08, 2009 added it
Shelves: q32009
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
Feb 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Bailey Kapitzke
Nov 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Maggie Marek
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books when I was in grade school, I even did a 6th grade book report on it. This was my first time rereading it as an adult and I was surprised at how much I still enjoyed the story and book. It's marked as good for kids 8+ but I think this book can be enjoyed at any age! ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This may be one of my favorite Creech novels. I think I say that a lot. Another great adventure full with many branches. As always, it is heartwarming and comedic with personal struggles thrown in.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a very touching story. I loved Zinny and her family. The way grief/death/illness is handled was very interesting and heartbreaking. I really felt at home in this book and didn’t want it to end. The audiobook narrator (Jenna Lamia) was fantastic and highly recommend that version.
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again, another great Sharon Creech book.
Susan Beecher
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well-written and thoughtful young adult novel.
Chelsey Hillyer
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love a good Creech. This was a good Creech.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I was in the 5th grade, Sharon Creech was my favorite author. What I loved most about her was that she wrote realistic fiction (realistic enough for my 5th grade mind anyway.) She wrote about actual children, their families, and their feelings. 

My love of Sharon Creech led me to Jerry Spinelli, who led me to Louis Sachar, who led me to Kate DiCamillo, and all these authors led me to become the person I am today. 

With that being said, I was very nervous coming back to "Chasing Redbird". What
Al Gritten
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read "Walk Two Moons" by Creech a couple of years ago but wasn't aware she had written others, or that some of her characters and locations crossed novels, an interesting concept in itself. I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one and would argue that while this book is targeted to young adults it has much to say to less than young adults as well. Zinny is on a journey to repair an old pioneer trail that runs from her town to the next one, a journey of several miles physically. But sh ...more
The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
5 stars!

Ich, Zinny Taylor has been a fantastic read - it actually had everything in order to get me hooked. Zinny Taylor and her six brothers and sisters are growing up on a farm in Kentucky and the 13-year-old teenager is different from the other kids - she is collecting a varity of things, is spending a lot of time outside of her family and is far from talkative. When Jake Boone gets back to town and starts making Zinny a number of exciting gifts, she is sure that he is using her in order to
Sep 27, 2018 added it
I yet just started this book but I LOVE IT, in the first few pages the author makes me feel a connection between the main character (Zinnia) . It talks about how her (cousin?) catches a horrible cough from her and dies, at the age of four years (both of them). I'm happy Ms.Ballister allowed me to borrow it because I want to read it more. ...more
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
I wanted to read another of Sharon Creech's books after rediscovering the magic of Walk Two Moons as an adult.
Chasing Redbird did not disappoint; Creech has a distinct way of telling stories full of difficult themes through the levity and humour of tweens.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hi, this book is still my favorite, like it was twenty years ago.
Hannah Jayne
Wow. This story has got heart. An utterly broken one. I love it. But it’s sad.

I don’t relate to Kentuckians very well.
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