Zazoo by Richard Mosher

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Zazoo, almost 14, lives with her adoptive grandfather, who brought her from Vietnam to his village in France when she was just two years old. They have many things in common, including a love of poetry—and a tangled history that Zazoo is only now beginning to understand. She has always known that Grand-Pierre was involved in World War II, but not what that meant, and she never imagined that he had fought in Vietnam.
A boy who rides his bicycle into her village one morning asks a question from which many stories begin to unfold. The bicycle boy, Marius, and the middle-aged local pharmacist turn out to have surprising connections with Zazoo and Grand-Pierre. With the help of new and old friends, Zazoo makes the bittersweet discovery that the past isn’t over, but that it informs and colors the present and the future. Richly textured and beautifully written, Zazoo is an unusual and engrossing novel.
 

About Richard Mosher

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Richard Mosher lives in St. Paul, Minnestota. He is the author of one previous novel for young people, The Taxi Navigator, published by Putnam. This is his first book for Clarion.
 
Published October 15, 2001 by Clarion Books. 224 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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It is perhaps over-constructed in its piecing together of the various plot elements and its drive to tie them up neatly by the end, but patient readers will find themselves forgiving this and the slow pace in their involvement with the language and the characters’ evolving relationships, particul...

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Metaphors from nature—the deceptively calm river, a "sad gray cat" from long ago and an ancient owl—symbolize connections between past and present and emphasize the dull pain of longing still lingering with Grand-Pierre and other villagers.

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(June) Note: Additional reviews of children's books can be found in the Children's Religion section (p.

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Star Tribune

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Mosher's "Zazoo" features a girl who is "almost fourteen," while Brashares' "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" centers on a lively foursome of girls "almost sixteen."

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Orphaned when she was very young, Zazoo has spent 12 of her 14 years living in a sleepy little village in France with her adoptive grandfather, Grand-Pierre.

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