Ginger Pye

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Ginger Pye
Ginger Pye.jpg
First edition
Author Eleanor Estes
Illustrator Louis Slobodkin
Cover artist Arthur Howard
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Harcourt Brace & World
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 306 pp
ISBN 0-590-45126-X
OCLC 28174884
Followed by Pinky Pye

Ginger Pye is a book by Eleanor Estes about a dog named Ginger Pye. The book was originally published in 1951, and it won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1952.

Plot summary[edit]

This book is about a puppy named Ginger. Jerry Pye, a resident in Cranbury, Connecticut in 1919, bought a puppy he wanted from Ms. Speedy for a hard-earned dollar he made while dusting the pews in the church for Sam Doody. Jerry was pleased with the puppy and headed home. On the way home, Jerry and his sister Rachel heard footsteps behind them. When they turned back, they did not see anything. Jerry decided that if anyone was following them, then that follower was after his dog. After a few days, Jerry remembered that he hadn't given his puppy a name! Rachel, Uncle Bennie, and Jerry thought of a name but couldn't think of one. He asked his mother and his mother said Ginger because he looks like ginger and has quality of ginger. So they called him, Ginger or Ginger Pye. Ginger was a smart dog. He even located the school that Jerry goes to. Almost all his neighbors and friends knew Ginger. But then suddenly, Ginger disappeared!

Later on Thanksgiving Day, the dog went missing. Jerry and his sister Rachel tried to find Ginger, but could not. They go all around Cranbury and ask neighbors to help, and later find out that Ginger had been tied up in a shed. They then discover the identity of the thief: Wally Bullwinkle. The book closes with Ginger home safe to a happy family.


Pinky Pye is a 1958 book by Eleanor Estes, the sequel to Ginger Pye. In this book, the eponymous black kitten is adopted by the Pyes during their summer vacation on Fire Island.

Preceded by
Amos Fortune, Free Man
Newbery Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Secret of the Andes