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Ellen Foster : a novel
Kaye Gibbons
Adult Fiction GIBBONS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The appealing, eponymous, 11-year-old orphan heroine of this Southern-focused debut survives appalling situations until she finds safe harbor in a good foster home. ``Some readers will find the recital of Ellen's woes mawkishly sentimental,'' PW remarked, ``but for others it may be a perfect summer read.'' (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ellen Foster is an 11-year-old who has been dealt a rotten hand in life. Her early childhood is spent with a sickly mother and an alcoholic and abusive father. After her mother commits suicide (or is it murder?), Ellen goes to live alone with her father, doing the best she can to avoid being raped or abused. When the courts finally take action, she is sent to live with her grandmother, a bitter and spiteful woman. Yet when her grandmother dies, Ellen manages to take charge of her own life. This beautifully written story, compelling in its innocence, is sweet, funny, and sad. The abridgment is well done, and Gibbons reads her own material. Recommended.‘Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Providence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 11
Father died from alcoholism; her mother is also dead.

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