It started out as an ordinary summer. But the minute thirteen-year-old Zinny discovered the old, overgrown trail that ran through the woods behind her family's house, she realized that things were about to change.
Right from the start, Zinny knew that uncovering the trail would be more than just a summer project. It was her chance to finally make people notice her, and to have a place she could call her very own. But more than that, Zinny knew that the trail somehow held the key to all kinds of questions. And that the only way to understand her family, her Aunt Jessie's death, and herself was to find out where it went.
From Newbery Medal-winning author Sharon Creech comes an intricately woven tale of a young girl who sets out in search of her place in the world--and discovers it in her own backyard.
This book is about a thirteen year old girl named Zinny who accidentally "rediscovers" a huge path that's been grown over and has disappears. It's over two hundred years old and she wonders how long it'd take her to uncover it, but doesn't follow through until her beloved aunts and she uses it as a coping device to deal with her grief and her guilt. Then she decides to uncover the entire length and travel along it, spending long hours, then days and even weeks at a time away from home working on it.
This book is sweet and fun and makes you think at the same time. It's written towards slightly younger readers, twelve and up, but there's also a sweet first love story that will endear the book to older readers as well, and Zinny is a character who will be much loved by all readers in her individuality.