Book Reviews of Ellen Foster

Ellen Foster
Ellen Foster
Author: Kaye Gibbons
ISBN-13: 9780679728665
ISBN-10: 067972866X
Publication Date: 5/12/1990
Pages: 144
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 52 ratings
Publisher: Vintage Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Very strange tale that you can't wait to see how it ends.
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Having suffered abuse and misfortune for much of her life, a young child searches for a better life and finally gets a break in the home of a loving woman with several foster children.
'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 and run it down through my head until it got easy.' So it begins the tale of Ellen Foster, the brave and engaging heroine of Kaye Gibbon's much acclaimed first Novel. The story of an eleven-year-old orphan, driven to desperation by some of the wickedest relatives in literary history, this is the story of her battle for survival. Wise, funny and affectionate.
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An amazing story, beautifully written.
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A painful yet terrifically interesting look at one woman's story.
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Oprah Book Club selection, October 1997

(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."
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So funny and moving. Please 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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This was a light, fast read. I really liked Ellen, and I enjoyed the time I spent getting to know her in this book.
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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.
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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.

Rose Offner
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I liked this better as a movie, to be honest. It's a good, quick read....I just liked the movie more.