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A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

     by Kimmel, Haven

A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

Haven Kimmel brings small town Indiana to life with her touching and often hilarious vignettes of growing up in Mooreland during the 1960s. Nicknamed Zippy for her boundless energy, Ms. Kimmel begins her story with a description of Mooreland, the population of which was 300 in 1940 and still 300 in 1960. While the town may be termed "sleepy," little Zippy introduces us to all the quirky inhabitants. She also reveals her own adventurous antics from the first words she utters to her father just before her third birthday--"I'll make a deal with you"-- to her discovery that her parents didn't buy her from gypsies after all.  

The 1960s bring to mind such events as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Cold War, and the Beatles. But memorable events in Mooreland include the time Zippy's father borrowed 36 coon dogs and a racoon to prove to his neighbors that his own dogs really were very quiet, and the miraculous escape of PeeDink, the cat who wasn't quite right in the head. Spanning approximately 10 years starting in 1965, Zippy's stories remind us of the small town in Indiana we grew up in or wish we had.

Reviewed by nk, 12/01. Other reviews by nk.