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Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Book Summary

A girl and her brother live in the woods with their grandmother, who has her good days and bad days. The social worker who stops by doesn't seem to pry too much, and they like it that way. A nearby prison break means escaped convicts are looking for places to hide - and family secrets suddenly start to crawl out of their hiding places.
Zebra Forest book cover
Zebra Forest

Book Review

I like that this book offers something different for this age group, but I wish it had more humor to balance out the serious sections. There is suspense, but because the characterization is unusual and difficult to connect to, it relies mostly on the situations in the plot to invite the reader to keep turning pages.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Parent Incarcerated
  • Lying; Truth
  • Family Relationships
  • Ethics

Discussion Questions for this book:

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