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Ellen Foster
Ellen Foster
Author: Kaye Gibbons
In Ellen Foster, the title character is an 11-year-old orphan who refers to herself as "old Ellen," an appellation that is disturbingly apt. Ellen is an old woman in a child's body; her frail, unhappy mother dies, her abusive father alternately neglects her and makes advances on her, and she is shuttled from one uncaring rel...  more
ISBN-13: 9780679728665
ISBN-10: 067972866X
Publication Date: 5/12/1990
Pages: 144
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 50 ratings
Publisher: Vintage Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is one of my very favorite books and has been loaned to all my reader friends and suggested to many others.
Told from the viewpoint of the little girl who was abused and impoverished. It is a very short read but a book that will stay with you a long time.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Ellen Foster, by Kaye Gibbons pull you into the story with her opening sentence,

" When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy."

Ellen Foster is one of my favorite books, it is compelling, the voice of the narrator of a child who has suffered abuse, it is funny, and the language so simple and heartfelt that you can not help but to fall in love with the character and the story. It is a must read.

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this is a great book written in the words of an 11 yo who is dealing with a dysfunctional family andother peoples opinions.

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