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I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out
this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy." So
begins the story of Ellen Foster, an amazingly mature eleven year old orphan
girl with a very big story to tell. Ellen suffers through the death of
her mother, father, and grandmother and is continuously passed off to live
with new people. Finally she decides she will get herself a new mother.
It is split-written so that she speaks in the present tense both about
her past and her present (with her new foster family). Ellen is very thoughtful
and imaginative, aspects quite comparable to those of Holden Caulfield
in The Catcher in the Rye. With a somewhat southern touch to her, Ellen's
innocence, bravery, and wit will capture you instantly. (Autumn Ojea,
AutumnOjea@msn.com, Valencia High
School, California, USA)
Children of alcoholics -- Fiction.
Southern States -- Fiction.
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