Ellen Foster


6a00c11414cf6d5af500f48cdff4f90002-500piTitle: Ellen Foster
Author: Kaye Gibbons
Finished: April 18, 2009
Pages: 126
Published: 1987

Ellen Foster is the story of a young girl in transition, she is moved from home to home, first after the death of her mother, and then after social services takes her away from her father. Her only friend is a black girl who isn’t very smart, but Ellen chooses her over everyone else.

The story is told in past and present, as Ellen describes her new life and family while filling the reader in on her backlife so they know how she transitioned. It is such a sweet and sad story of innocence and growing up as Ellen finally sees how it is to be a kid and not have to take care of everyone.

Picked for Oprah’s book club, it was such a great easy story, quick to read.

Challenges: Book Into Movie, 999 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, New Authors Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Book Binge, Project Fill in the Gaps

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9 responses to “Ellen Foster

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  7. Sounds like a pretty good read. I’ve never read anything by Kaye Gibbons but it’s been recommended to me by many of the customers from the bookshop I work at. Mostly this one and A Virtuous Woman.

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  9. Suzanne

    This book is about incest and is a required reading on the Intermediate level. I think it is ridiculous to introduce this to 6th graders, much less, make it a required reading. I have read it and I am not allowing my daughter to read it.

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