Ginger Pye Author:Eleanor Estes The Pyes are an ordinary family who live in Cranbury, a small American town, and who have the sort of everyday adventures that can happen to anyone. Ginger is the little brown-and-white puppy that Jerry and Rachel Pye buy with their own hard-earned money, and everyone likes him, even Gracie-the-cat. When Ginger mysteriously disappears one day th... more »e whole family join in the search for him, but it is thanks to the resourcefulness of three-year-old Uncle Bennie that Ginger is at last found and restored to the family fold.« less
I was very disappointed with this story, as I found it one of the few Newbery award winners that does not stand up to the test of time. I am sure I would have enjoyed it as a child, but as an adult I found it very slow paced and rather boring. Ten-year-old Jerry Pye has his heart set on a dog, and buys one with a hard-earned dollar. Little Ginger is a smart and lovable terrier who lives up to Jerry's expectations, and they spend many happy days together until tragedy strikes. While the book is sweet enough in its quaint portrayal of childhood in the 40's (or 50's?) it takes a very long and drawn-out 306 pages to tell a simple story that falls somewhat flat in the ending.