The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster

The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster

Book - 2006
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Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, Ellen has found a new mother and settled into a permanent home, though she still carries the burden of her mother's death and her father's abuse. While she holds fast to the shreds of her childhood, she negotiates her way into a larger world and sets her sights on Harvard. How Ellen does what she needs to do is a story of love, fear, grief, need, hope, wit, and ingenuity. -Back cover.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780156032902
Call Number: GIBBONS
Characteristics: 218 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Teenage girls -- Fiction.
Foster home care -- Fiction.
Poetry -- Authorship -- Fiction.
North Carolina -- Fiction.
Southern writing


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Oct 07, 2012

I was looking forward to this sequel to "Ellen Foster", but the author seems to have lost her way in the intervening 20 years. In this book, Ellen is now 15, an exceptional adolescent hoping to go to Harvard. She comes to terms with her past through discovering more of her mother's life. The background is southern and backwoods. Overall, it seemed overally sentimental and unrealistic.


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