A Look Back… #tbt


I was looking through my bookshelf yesterday and my gaze stopped on my favorite author growing up and I picked up the book with the most creasing on the spine and I read the book once again, I remembered why the book was a favorite.

Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

Published February 27th 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers
Zinnia Taylor has looked at those words, embroidered on a sampler hanging in her aunt Jessie’s kitchen, for as long as she can remember. In her 13 years Zinny has rummaged through the spaghetti of her life, hoping for a meatball, but often finding lumps of mud instead. Zinny lives in Bybanks, Kentuckey, with too many brothers and sisters — a mess of “tadpoles” and “pumpkins” is what her uncle Nate calls them. When Zinny discovers a mysterious, overgrown trail that begins on her family’s farm, she’s determined to clear it, from start to finish. She’s finally found a place of her own, a place where she can go, away from her family, to hear herself think. But what Zinny didn’t realize is that the mysteries of the trail are intertwined with her own spaghetti of unanswered questions and family secrets, and that the trail — and her passion to uncover — is leading her on a journey home.

Newberry Medal winner Sharon Creech’s new novel is a powerful, beautifully crafted story about a young girl discovering that life is a tangle of mysteries, surprises and everyday occurrences — a journey that often needs unravelling and that sometimes must be traveled alone. – Goodreads

This was my favorite book growing up. Sharon Creech was my favorite author and I still sometimes read the book every once in a while along with Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech as well. As I grew up the context of the book changed as I grew and changed. The meaning of the book changed along with me. As she discovered little by little the pathway, I learned little by little about myself.
The writing is still amazing and the story makes me nostalgic. I can also still see the the little stains of fruit I left on the pages because I couldn’t put it down. I loved this book so much that I even dog eared the pages, which is something I abhor when reading. My books are my children, they are all important to me. I learned early on to take care of my books after that I think.
This was an important of growing up for me so I wanted to share it with you.

Do you have a book that when you think about your childhood, you also think of it? What is it?

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