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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,798 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon Creech Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780061762338
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It started out as an ordinary summer. But the minute thirteen-year-old Zinny covered the old, overgrown trail that ran through the woods behind her family's house, she realized that things were about to change.

Right from the start, Zinny knew that uncovering the trail would be more than just a summer project. It was her chance to finally make people notice her, and to have a place she could call her very own. But more than that, Zinny knew that the trail somehow held the key to all kinds of questions. And that -- the only way to understand her family, her Aunt Jessie's death, and herself, was to find out where it went.

From the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Walk Two Moons, here is an intricately woven tale of a young girl who sets out in search of her place in the world -- and discovers it in her own backyard.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a beautifully told story, with some very funny moments.”  

    Guardian (London)

  • “Creech’s language is as fresh as the natural wonders Zinny encounters in the woods…This sturdy but sensitive tale is Creech’s best yet.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Harper brings Zinny’s voice to life—and voice is this author’s strong suit.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Creech crams her novel full of wonderful characters, proficient dialogue, bracing descriptions, and a merry use of language. A bundle of contradictions, Zinny is at her prickly, individualistic best when fending off the overtures of 16-year-old Jake Boone, whom she (mistakenly) suspects of using her to get to her older sister.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Finalist for the Parents‘ Choice Award Silver Honor

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annika | 2/20/2014

    " i love sharon creech!!! shes da best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms Betancourt | 2/14/2014

    " Liked the coming of age aspect of this story and her quirky family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/5/2014

    " This is another good book by Sharon Creech. The author does a great job of portraying her characters. Her main character is a 13 year old girl dealing with death, love, guilt, growing up, and trying to figure out who she is. Even though I didn't have to deal with all of the situations she does, it strongly reminded me of how I felt and thought at that age, which shows that growing up is a fairly universal thing, we all struggle with similar issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle Carolina | 2/2/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson Whatcott | 1/31/2014

    " Another Creech I'm reading with my class right now Her books are full of journeys and discovering one self along the way. This one even more than the others as Zinny clears an unknown trail and then finds herself in the process. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 *Bri* | 1/27/2014

    " This was a intersting book; loved it, but I was hoping for a better ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/26/2014

    " I do love Sharon Creech and have read several of her books with my daughters when they were pre-teens and tweens. This was a good one--not my favorite but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese | 1/24/2014

    " i really liked this book. i wish that i was zinny so i could experience her kind of summer! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " These characters were weird beyond what I'm used to encountering in my daily life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney Oaks | 12/30/2013

    " One of my favorite books when I was younger. I could really relate to Zinny and how she felt as a teenager. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/9/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books from my childhood. I was always able to relate to Zinny for some reason, and I was always enraptured with the idea of exploring my own trail. I will probably be reading this book for years to come! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mellissa | 12/1/2013

    " This is one of my daughter's favorite authors. I enjoyed both this book and Bloomability by Sharon Creech. An easy read. Great for 9-12 year group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 11/19/2013

    " an exsiting book to keep you wondering till the end i think it's a great book all round and a must read in my opinon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzy | 11/11/2013

    " This was again a little quirky (as many of Sharon Creech's books are) but also amazing. I would recommend it to almost anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie *FAHRENHEIT* | 11/4/2013

    " OMG THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 10/26/2013

    " I love this book! It was my favorite when I was younger, but honestly, I still love it. It's a quick and easy but definitely lovable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Jevas | 7/16/2013

    " this was one of my favorite books when i was young "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 7/9/2013

    " I love Creech because she doesn't pull her punches. She recognizes that children are humans and have complex experiences and emotions. This book is full of her usual warm humor and punch-you-in-the-stomach sad moments. I heartily recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretel | 6/16/2013

    " I would imagine this book to be somewhat confusing to concrete thinkers. Not nearly as satisfying a story as some of her others -- particularly Walk Two Moons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/13/2013

    " this is about a young country girl that is uncovering a trail, and at the same time she is uncovering her past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LeMira | 1/14/2013

    " A girl learns to face her grief and finds herself at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sed | 12/27/2012

    " kinda sad, but pretty good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caren | 12/6/2012

    " This is my favorite book by Creech. It is about a little girl who grows up in a poor area in Kansas. Her cousin dies suddenly at a young age, which haunts her family "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 10/22/2012

    " This is a beautfully written book at which i cried at the end. But they were happy tears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 8/18/2012

    " Love me a Sharon Creech. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/25/2012

    " This book was really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dhruba dasgupta | 10/8/2011

    " this is a awesome book cuz i like realistic fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 susan | 10/2/2011

    " good good good. not as good as walk two moons, but such a nice story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza | 9/24/2011

    " Good book so far! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tressa | 7/13/2011

    " I really enjoyed Chasing Redbird. The language was vivid and flavored the story and locale. I liked how Zinny matured and learned to cope with change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie S. | 7/9/2011

    " Rating based on how much I enjoyed it as a child. I do plan to re-read it now that I've found a copy at a local used bookstore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 5/16/2011

    " One of my favorite books when I was younger. I could really relate to Zinny and how she felt as a teenager. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Se Eun | 5/12/2011

    " It was great and kind of sad, plus scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 4/16/2011

    " Chasing Redbird was a good book. It had a mystery, romance and an exploration sort of theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/12/2011

    " 3.5. Sharon Creech always makes my heart happy=) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 4/4/2011

    " I thoungh the book was great. But it got confusing towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola | 3/30/2011

    " Re-read this and remembered how much I like the main character and how she sleep out in the woods on her quest to clear the trail. I would like to be her, but from what I remember....it is way more work to clear a path in the weeds than the author makes it seem like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 3/23/2011

    " This book was amazing! I loved it so much and i read it a lot. It's definatly a great book for kids too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle | 3/16/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 3/8/2011

    " I nice read, easily recommendable to any young teen, as all of Creech's books are. This is a tale of Zinny's journey of mending a 20 mile trail as well as toward a reconciliation with the death of her aunt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/4/2011

    " I could nitpick, but, bottom line... I really liked this. Right up my alley. "

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About the Author
Author Sharon Creech

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who’s That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in upstate New York.

About the Narrator

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.