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Ellen Foster
by Gibbons, Kaye
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1. What do you think of the story of Ellen Foster? Do you think children like Ellen exist in your community?

2. Ellen stays with several families throughout the book. Which families treat her well? Is her life better once she is no longer living with her father?

3. What did you think about Ellen's relationship with her friend Starletta? How did it change during the story? How does race play into their friendship?

4. When Ellen's grandmother is awarded custody of her, the judge implies that it is best for her to be with her biological family. Does Ellen believe this? Do you?

5. What is the author telling us about childhood with Ellen's story? What kind of adult will Ellen become?

Additional discussion questions from: Reading Group Guides
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