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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (September 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595145702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595145703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 4-7-Lyssa can hardly say the words to acknowledge that her mother has died, and, with her death, the magic is gone. Her mom, a talented singer, let magic "float through her life like a breeze." She was imaginative and told Lyssa that she would have grand adventures. When Lyssa learns that her mom's former home is scheduled to be demolished, she knows she must return to Austin, Texas, to do whatever she can to save it from destruction. She leaves Washington and the home she shares with Michael, her stepfather, and sets off on her quest with little more than the $13 she has in her backpack. Her journey is both realistic and fanciful as she encounters a wide range of colorful characters. Zip, her trusted scooter, is her constant companion, but she hears her mother's voice encouraging and comforting her on her adventure. A sandwich reminds her of the perfect sandwiches Michael made for her and she realizes that she's starting to miss him and some of their shared experiences. Lyssa wants to find her own voice, just like her mother, and her journey helps her appreciate Michael and her new home. This is a clever novel with a bright and spunky heroine. Readers will root for her and empathize with her search to find her place in the world.-Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diegoα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“Zip, zap, and zoom with Lyssa as she races against the clock!” –GirlsLife.com

“A clever novel with a bright and spunky heroine. Readers will root for her and empathize with her search to find her place in the world.” –School Library Journal

“Slapstick humor and a sense of magic help maintain this affecting story’s levity as Lyssa learns to overcome her fears and accept change.” –Publisher's Weekly 

“Totally enchanting! I loved this book every step of the way! Lyssa’s journey is a once-in-a-lifetime odyssey, where seeds sprout in front of your eyes and the winds of change blow you to runaway rockstars and glass-skinned monsters alike.” –Shelby Bach, author of Of Giants and Ice

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Summer Lutton on October 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book about that most difficult time in life as you leave your childhood behind, often before you're ready to, and take that journey to find out who you really are - told through the lens of a modern day preteen Odyssey. In Lyssa's case, that change is accelerated and amplified by the death of her mother and all that was magical and perfect in her life.
The characters she meets as she races back to save her childhood home are so vivid and entertaining. And the lessons she learns can be difficult, from realizing the people you think are your friends can't always be trusted, to uplifting, such as the people that you didn't think understood you are sometimes your biggest supporters.
Having spent my preteen years in Texas and now living in the Pacific Northwest I can greatly appreciate the culture shock that comes with that kind of move, and the author does a great job of portraying both places, and everywhere in between!
I would highly highly recommend this book to preteens, and even to those of us, like myself, who just like to reminisce about that time in our lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on September 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ellie Rollins had an absolutely brilliant idea for her first novel. ZIP is a retelling of THE ODYSSEY with a young girl as the heroine, struggling to get from Kirkland, Washington to Austin, Texas on a scooter in order to save her childhood home.

Lyssa grew up in the Texas Talent Show, where her mother was a star. Ana brought magic into Lyssa's life - into the lives of everyone she met - onstage and off. But now she's dead, and Lyssa can't find her mother's magic. She likes her stepfather Michael, but doesn't like all the changes in her life. She's also in denial about her mother's death. Then she finds out that her home, which had been donated to the community, is going to be torn down but the Texas Talent Show is reuniting to protest. She decides she's going to travel and perform with her made family.

ZIP is a magical journey that will appeal to children with big imaginations. (And it will definitely help out when they're expected to read Homer during high school and college!) I loved how Lyssa gets to know a variety of people throughout America, some who are helpful and some who aren't. There's a strong thread of optimism in ZIP, but it never quite ignores that what Lyssa is doing is dangerous.

As a former resident of Austin, I absolutely loved the ending. Lyssa lives in an exaggerated version of the real world, but her Austin sure seemed like my Austin. ZIP isn't the kind of book where you demand things be plausible, but I think the climax was both plausible and a fitting fairytale-perfect resolution.

If you're looking for a good book for an elementary school student, I direct you to ZIP. Rollins debut will appeal to fans of Roald Dahl and other writers of fantastical adventures.
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This book was a creative parallel to Homer's The Odyssey. An easy read for young readers. I found it a little hard to get into until around chapter 6.
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