Storyteller by Patricia Reilly Giff

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A story of the American Revolution from two-time Newbery Honor–winning author Patricia Reilly Giff.
While staying with her aunt, Elizabeth finds something remarkable: a drawing. It hangs on the wall, a portrait of her ancestor, Eliza, known as Zee. She looks like Elizabeth.
The girls’ lives intertwine as Elizabeth’s present-day story alternates with Zee’s, which takes place during the American Revolution. Zee is dreamy, and hopeful for the future—until the Revolution tears apart her family and her community in upstate New York. Left on her own, she struggles to survive and to follow her father and brother into battle.
Zee’s story has been waiting to be rediscovered by the right person. As Elizabeth learns about Zee, and walks where Zee once walked and battles raged, the past becomes as vivid and real as the present.
In this beautifully crafted, affecting novel from beloved author Patricia Reilly Giff, the lives of two girls reflect one another as each finds her own inner strengths.

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About Patricia Reilly Giff

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PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books. Her novels for older readers include the Newbery Honor books Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods, and Willow Run, a companion to Lily's Crossing. Her most recent books are the novels R My Name Is Rachel, Storyteller, and Wild Girl, and the Zigzag titles, Number One Kid, Big Whopper, Flying Feet, and Star Time.
Published September 14, 2010 by Wendy Lamb Books. 178 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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When her artist father is invited to Australia, Elizabeth must stay with an aunt she barely knows.

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This novel by two-time Newbery Honor author Giff gracefully bridges two eras and two insightful perspectives. Elizabeth is a contemporary girl who goes to stay with her late mother's sister, Libby, wh

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Older readers may be interested in the storyline, but the book is framed in easier-to-read language and situations, and older readers would likely be disappointed in the lack of detail in the background information surrounding the characters, particularly the modern-day Elizabeth and her family.

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Christian Science Monitor

She sends Elizabeth odd birthday and holiday cards at the proper time, but Elizabeth’s mother died long ago and she’s only seen her aunt – her mother’s sister – perhaps twice in her life.

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