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Chasing Redbird

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  10,998 ratings  ·  684 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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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
Meghan Cobb
Mar 04, 2009 is currently reading it
it's very sad in the first 14 pages
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Susan Beecher
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well-written and thoughtful young adult novel.
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.
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
A Girl Has No Name
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
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.
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.
Hannah Kane
Hi, this book is still my favorite, like it was twenty years ago.
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.
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
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
Stacey Kym
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reviews
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.
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
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
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Abrar Hammadi
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Mar 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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!!
Sep 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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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