Zebra Forest

Genre: Middle Grade

Zebra Forest

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—as 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 and Rew spend their days under the birches and oaks of the Zebra Forest, telling 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. This deeply compelling, emotionally evocative, and grippingly suspenseful look at the complicated fallout from long-held family secrets is impossible to forget.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 4 hours
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Author
Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Biography:
Adina Rishe Gewirtz is the author of Zebra Forest, her critically acclaimed debut novel. She has worked as a freelance journalist, a tutor to high-school students, and a writing consultant. About Blue Window, she says: “I spent much of my own childhood reading science fiction, mostly Isaac Asimov, and had not been exposed to the great classics of fantasy until I was a mother. When my older kids were small, I read them C. S. Lewis’s Narnia series and absolutely fell in love with it. What fascinated me most was how many big ideas Lewis packed into his story and how easily even young readers understood those big ideas. What makes someone good? What is this idea we call evil? If someone makes mistakes, even sides with evil, can he or she come back from it? We had some fascinating talks about that.” Today, Adina Rishe Gewirtz coaches writers and spends most of her time at her first love, fiction writing. She lives just outside Washington, D.C.
Narrator
Kate Reinders

Biography:
Kate Reinders is a musical theater actress, who has performed as lead in several Broadway shows. Reinders played the role of Glinda in the 2005 Chicago production of Wicked; for this role, she received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Actress in a Principal Role.

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