Jip: His Story
Jip leads a lonely existance on the town poor farm until he is joined by another child, Lucy, and the town lunatic, Put, who only Jip trusts. Jip's world expands when he and Lucy go to school, where kind Teacher (Lyddie Worthen, from Patterson's previous book) helps to show Jip his worth. But who is the untrustworthy stranger who seems to know something about Jip's past?
This was an interesting story, if a bit contrived. Jip's origins are not as far-fetched as the fact that someone comes to find him so many years later. As usual, Paterson writes a book about a down-and-out young narrator who comes of age with the help of some special people.