It’s 1980 and 11 year old Annie and her younger brother Rew live with their grandmother in the small town of Sunshine. Gran struggles through bouts of mental instability, leaving the kids to largely fend for themselves. Annie and Rew spent days always telling stories under the birches and oaks of the zebra forest about their father the pilot or pirate or secret agent. They don’t know much about their father except for that he was killed in a fight with an angry man but that man was sent away. One night, an escaped convict emerges from the “Zebra forest” taking the family hostage in their own home and turns their lives upside down. Their lives will never be the same again.
Zebra Forest really portrays the standoff of truth against family secrets and offers an effective look at two imaginative kids as they react and adapt to the life they have. In my opinion I would recommended this book to anybody who likes suspenseful books. In the beginning of the book it was kind of slow so I didn’t think I would like it but the plot in the middle really kept me hooked and made me want to keep reading.
I would recommend this book to Young Adults because yes it might be frightening to some readers the plot will really keep you reading."
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