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Paterson, Katherine
New York : Lodestar, 1996.
IL 5-8 RL 5.5
ISBN 0525675434
The story takes place in Vermont during the years 1855-1865. Jip is a young man living on the town's poor farm. No one really knows where Jip came from. The story goes that Jip fell off a gypsy wagon out on West Hill Road and that no one ever came back for him. The townsfolk named him Jip West and sent him off to live on the poor farm. Jip had a wonderful way with animals and it was only natural that he be put in charge of the lunatic who came to live on the farm. When a stranger comes to town and starts asking about Jip, the lunatic warns him not to believe what the man is saying. What does the stranger want with Jip? Could he really hold the key that will unlock the mystery of Jip's past? Watch for a character from one of Paterson's other books to come to Jip's defense.
SUBJECTS:     Identity -- Fiction
                        Fugitive slaves -- Fiction
                        Slavery -- Fiction
                        African Americans -- Fiction


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