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Delonda takes a College Entrance exam, passes it and enrolls at Ball State, where she completes a degree in two years, goes on for a Master's and gets a job as a high school teacher. That sounds fairly straightforward but it wasn't easy. Bob Jarvis, Delonda's husband and Zippy's father, gave her no help at all; in fact, he ridiculed her and ignored her progress. Eventually, he found someone else while Delonda was busy reclaiming her life. We could read this as a tale of the times, where a woman takes charge of herself, loses 120 pounds and, against all odds, gains an education and a livelihood. It is all of that, and more.
Life in Mooreland, Indiana, in the 1970s is not very exciting, but Zippy finds wonder everywhere and often laughed until she "tipped right over." There is an unquenchable spirit in the girl, and then in the woman, that keeps popping up despite a very sketchy upbringing. The neighbors fed and bathed her, she wore the same pair of pants to school every day for an entire school year--without benefit of laundry. Her brother and sister lit out at the first chance they had--though Melinda ends up only a few blocks away and becomes another safe port for Zippy. She is a victim of benign neglect, not malice or meanness.
Her tales of church camp, days with her friends, driving with her Dad, going to a play with her Mother, her love for her niece and nephew and her discovery that her Dad is having an affair are all told in typical Zippy-style: they are humorous, poignant, exuberant, and often breathless. Stay tuned: this book ends when Zippy is only thirteen. Hopefully there's more to come. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The writing style is quirky like Zippy, direct, and refreshingly honest.
First read "...Zippy" and then read this book and it like the first book is excellent not to mention hysterical laughing out loud tears being wiped from eyes funny!
A Girl Named Zippy was so good it's hard to believe that this book is even better, but it is.
Not quite as good as "A girl named Zippy" but still a very fun read.Published 2 months ago by Mimi E.
This just goes to show you that all of our lives are fascinating. Don’t listen to those people who tell you that you need to travel abroad to learn about life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jennifer a evans
After reading "Zippy" I had to get this. You won't be able to put it down until you finish it.Published 3 months ago by AprilRose
Not as great as the first book "A Girl Named Zippy", but still a good readPublished 6 months ago by jak91004
Kimmel writes again and her voice is still refreshing, this time skillfully paralleling her own growing maturity and her mother's finding herself and the hope of a future which... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Diane C.