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Gibbons, Kaye.
Algonquine Books of Chapel Hill, 1987.
ISBN 1565122054
"When 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,, Valencia High School, California, USA)
SUBJECTS:     Children of alcoholics -- Fiction.
                        Southern States -- Fiction.


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