Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz
Reviewed June 20 2015
3 / 5 Stars
In an extraordinary debut novel, an escaped fugitive upends everything two siblings think they know about their family, their past, and themselves.
When eleven-year-old Annie first started lying to her social worker, she had been taught by an expert: Gran. “If you’re going to do something, make sure you do it with excellence,” Gran would say. That was when Gran was feeling talkative, and not brooding for days in her room — like she did after telling Annie and her little brother, Rew, the one thing they know about their father: that he was killed in a fight with an angry man who was sent away. Annie tells stories, too, as she and Rew laze under the birches and oaks of Zebra Forest — stories about their father the pirate, or pilot, or secret agent. But then something shocking happens to unravel all their stories: a rattling at the back door, an escapee from the prison holding them hostage in their own home, four lives that will never be the same. Driven by suspense and psychological intrigue, Zebra Forest deftly portrays an unfolding standoff of truth against family secrets — and offers an affecting look at two resourceful, imaginative kids as they react and adapt to the hand they’ve been dealt.
I wouldn’t ever say that this was the best book ever. But it was cute. The storyline was really simple and it took me a while to even read the whole thing but it was pretty decent. I can’t complain about it.
I love the cover and how gorgeous some of the writing is. There were some beautiful sentences throughout but I have to say the plot was fairly predictible. I loved the way it ended though and this was definitely a cute read.
It wasn’t what I expected. It was okay.