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Check Out Hoopla. Date Source Publisher Phys Desc. Language Availability More Info Check Out Hoopla. Add To List. Gib Whittaker's life at Lovell House Orphanage in the early s is pretty bleak. But along with hours of chores, bad food, and paddlings, the boys do get some schooling, and reading and writing are better than scrubbing floors. Still, Gib's fondest dream is to have a real family. So when Georgie Olson is adopted, Gib can't help being jealous, even when he finds out that the "adoption" really means being farmed out to work as unpaid labor until the age of Then one freezing January morning Gib finds Georgie hiding in the barn, his hands heavily bandaged.
Constantly whipped by his master, then sent to work outside without mittens, Georgie ran away when they threatened to cut off his frostbitten hands. Is this the only kind of adoption there is? When Gib himself is farmed out, he arrives at the home he has always dreamed of. And without the rich and rather lengthy past that my parents had to draw on, I was forced to rely on the one commodity of which I had an adequate supply--imagination.
As a student, Snyder was very proficient in reading and writing, and experienced few problems in the small country schools she attended until the end of sixth grade. But upon entering the seventh grade in the city of Ventura, she was, as she recalls, "suddenly a terrible misfit. I loved the look and feel of them, even the smell. Libraries were treasure houses. I always entered them with a slight thrill of disbelief that all their endless riches were mine for the borrowing. While ultimately planning to be a writer, after graduation Snyder decided to teach school temporarily.
But she found teaching to be an extremely rewarding experience and taught in the upper elementary grades for a total of nine years, three of them as a master teacher for the University of California at Berkeley.
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Zilpha and Larry were married in June of , and went on to have three children, Melissa, Douglas, and Ben. In the early sixties, when all of her children were finally in school, Snyder began to think about writing again. Remembering a dream I'd had when I was twelve years old, about some strange and wonderful horses, I sat down and began to write. Her most recent novel, Gib Rides Home, follows an orphan boy who shows strength and courage as he endures harsh treatment during his five years at the orphanage before he finds a family of his own.
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Gib's story is a tribute to the memory of Snyder's father who grew up in an orphanage in Oklahoma. In her spare time, she loves reading and traveling, and of course, writing, which besides being her occupation has always been her favorite hobby. What do you suppose I did this time? Like Mr. Bean, the man had gray hair and a lean, gray-bearded face.
And how old are you? Ten, sir.
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