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Arrington, Frances.
New York : Philomel Books, 2003
IL 5-8, RL 5.5
ISBN 0399239758
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Colleen faced the ultimate dilemma.  She had to make a decision that no one should have to make.  She alone is home with her mother who goes into premature labor.  The baby dies.  Colleen goes off to find the midwife but on her way she comes across a wagon.  She thought she would find help there but instead encounters a woman who has recently given birth.  The woman is very sick and knows she is dying.  She makes Colleen promise to take her baby and keep it safe from her abusive husband.  She also gives Colleen a gold watch and a strong box.  Colleen takes the baby home and replaces the body of her baby sister with this baby, Bonnie.  She hides the box and starts on a series of lies that seem to take on a life of their own. Her sister is buried with the other women and no one suspects anything, except the midwife who knows Bonnie is not a premature baby and then the father comes home and is desperate to find the box.  (Kathleen Butler,  South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)
SUBJECTS:     Frontier and pioneer life -- South Dakota -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- South Dakota -- Fiction.
                        South Dakota -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
                        Babies -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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