Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons – Read this book, if for no other reason than to experience life through a young girl’s eyes again, however difficult that life may be. The point of view is Ellen’s, written first person. The style is Ellen’s, too; written as she thinks and speaks instead of the typical cleaned-up narration for reading. This is particularly fascinating in this story of a girl who never gives up hope, is flexible enough to adjust to her circumstances, and knows what she wants. The tone is not maudlin, even through hardship, and her observations about life are poignant and appropriate for her time. This is really a story of resilience. A quick read, with flashbacks and other time-bending devices galore.
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