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Snyder, Zilpha Keatley
New York : Delacorte Press, 1998.
IL 3-6 RL 6.6
ISBN 0385322674

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

The boys at Lovell House Orphanage can't believe their eyes when young Gibson Whitaker comes walking back into their lives. After all, it's been well over a year since he left and the rules say no one can ever come back. When townsfolk took orphans, they had to agree to keep them until they turned 18. The only other boy who had come back was Georgie and he had run away from Mr. Bean after being mistreated. No one knows what happened to Georgie after he returned though. This is the story of what happened to Gib while he was away and why he came back. To find out what happened to him, read GIB RIDES HOME.

Booktalk #2

Gib doesn't have many memories about his life before he came to the Lovell House Home for Orphaned and Abandoned Boys.  He was only about six years old when his Mama died but he still remembers bits and pieces of her.  The clearest memory was about the old man and the horse.

Gibson Whitaker makes the best of his life at the Lovell Home.  He especially enjoys taking care of the Home's two horses.  He isn't afraid of them the way the other boys seem to be.  He also hopes to be adopted by a real family some day, but the older he gets, the gloomier the prospect.  Rumors pass among the boys of how the older ones are "farmed out" to people as cheap labor.  The rumors become fact the night Gib finds Georgie hiding in the horse barn.  After being cruelly abused, Georgie had run away from the farmer who had "adopted" him.  Before Gib can find out more from Georgie, he finds himself "adopted".  Will Gib suffer the same treatment at the hands of Mr. Thornton, the wealthy banker he is farmed out to?  Read GIB RIDES HOME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)

SUBJECTS: Orphans -- Fiction
Horses -- Fiction


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