Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
13-year-old Zinny is the odd one out in the large, noisy Taylor family - and after the death of her beloved Aunt Jessie ('Redbird'), she becomes completely withdrawn, until the discovery of an ancient pioneer trail on the family farm presents her with an irresistible challenge and a chance to channel her grief into positive action.
Beautifully evoking the wilderness of the Kentucky countryside, this is a rich, multi-layered novel that explores issues of bereavement, guilt, first love and family secrets, against a backdrop of chaotic family life.
Funny, moving and thought-provoking, Chasing Redbird is also an enjoyable adventure story. It was shortlisted for the 1996 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year.