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Jip: His Story

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While living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856, Jip learns his identity and that of his mother and comes to understand how he arrived at this place.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Puffin Books (first published October 1st 1996)
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Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I hope, one day, to write characters as interesting, heartfelt and authentic as Katherine Paterson's.
Gig Wailgum
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
a well written book, sort a Vermont Huck Finn with a new angle.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book was sort of interesting. I did not expect it to be about slavery because the blurb on the book didn't mention anything about it, and truthfully I feel like it is a spoiler since it really doesn't come in until the latter half of the book.


I wasn't that satisfied with the ending. It just seemed like Jip was going in circles trying to escape, and he never got anywhere. He didn't even get out of town. Then he got caught, and Teacher was going to claim that he was her son, and Luk
In the 1850s, Jip, as an abandoned child, is living on a poor farm. Here he mistreated, but knows no other life. He believes that he fell off a gypsy wagon as a very young child and was never claimed. Among the other residents of the farm, he is loved and respected, yet the owners are cruel at times and do not care for any of them as a parent would.

By happenstance, Jip is allowed to go to school, although begrudgingly. At school, the teacher is well-liked, educated, and cares deeply for the chil
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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S Oliver
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unusual storyline and very well written. Reading this would engender real compassion for those with less blessed starts in life. Also gives insight into rural and social life in 1800s USA.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! it was s0 heartwarming, sweat, touching, and sad
Best book
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
loved it!
Hannah McGee
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this book. It had a more unique approach to talk about the issue of slavery. If I used this book within my future classroom, I would use this book to show what the time period of this time was like, with the talk of slaves. For using it in my class, I could connect real world events that are like Jip’s events show. Another thing I could do is give my students a situation like this where they must escape. This book was really interesting to read and I greatly th ...more
duniamimpigie Anggi
Ternyata ini ceritanya mengenai isu perbudakan orang-orang Negro (keturunan Afrika) yang berada di Amerika Serikat pada pertengahan abad ke-19. Jip, si tokoh utama, awalnya dikira anak kaum gipsi yang terjatuh dari kereta kuda di daerah sebuah pertanian miskin. Namanya, Jip, pun diambil dari kata "gipsi".
Dari penyebutan-penyebutan diri Jip sebagai "anak gipsi" oleh orang-orang di sekitarnya, bisa ditarik kesimpulan kalau sebenarnya ada diskriminasi orang-orang kulit putih terhadap kaum ini juga
Sep 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Checking in all of my books and 12 years later this stands out as one of my least favorite books I've ever read. I remember it being incredibly unhappy and 12 year old me hated it.
Amy Herrick
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
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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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 rated it liked it
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
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
Aug 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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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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