Gib Rides Home by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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All Gib ever wanted was to be adopted, but life with a family isn’t quite what he thought it would be
Gib was sent to an orphanage when he was six years old, and with each year, he knows it becomes less likely that he will be adopted into a loving family. As kids get older, they are more likely to be adopted onto a farm, meaning a hard life of unpaid labor. And after seeing a friend come back battered and near death, Gib is understandably worried. When his turn for adoption finally comes, Gib is surprised to learn that life on the farm isn’t too difficult. His new “parents,” the Thorntons, are kind to him, and his job in the stables is fun and interesting. It is as close to the home of his dreams as he could possibly imagine. And though Gib doesn’t remember much of his past before the orphanage, as time passes, Gib realizes that his new family may be more connected to his real family than he ever imagined. This smart, touching novel is based on the life of author Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s father and his experience as an orphan in the 1900s. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
 

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Zilpha Keatley Snyder was born in 1927 and raised in California. She attended Whittier College in Southern California. While ultimately planning to be a writer, after graduation Snyder decided to teach school temporarily. But she found teaching to be an extremely rewarding experience and taught in the upper elementary grades for a total of nine years, three of them as a master teacher for the University of California at Berkeley. After all of her children were in school, Snyder began to think of writing again, and her first book, Season of Ponies, was published in 1964. Snyder's three Newbery Honor books are: The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid,and The Witches Of Worm. Other award winning books are The Trespassers, an American Bookseller Pick of the List and Cat Running, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and winner of the 1995 John and Patricia Beatty Award.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by Recorded Books, LLC. 264 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Snyder (The Gypsy Game, 1997, etc.) recreates life in a boy's orphanage at the dawn of this century in a sobering and poignant novel.

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In a starred review of this story about an orphan growing up in Nebraska at the turn of the century, PW predicted that readers will want to devour this meaty novel in one long stretch. Ages 9-12.

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Snyder combines an ingenious beginning, which discloses an end to the interlude at the Rocking M, with a masterly rendering of a sympathetic hero to instill in readers an insistent curiosity about Gib's fate--most will want to devour this meaty novel in one long stretch.

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In a starred review of this story about an orphan growing up in Nebraska at the turn of the century, PW predicted that readers will want to devour this meaty novel in one long stretch. Ages 9-12.

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