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Ellen Foster - by Kaye Gibbons

Ellen Foster - by Kaye Gibbons

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Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage (November 5, 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375703055
ISBN-13: 978-0375703058
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces

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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 relative's home to another before she finally takes matters into her own hands and finds herself a place to belong. There is something almost Dickensian about Ellen's tribulations; like Oliver Twist, David Copperfield or a host of other literary child heroes, Ellen is at the mercy of predatory adults, with only her own wit and courage--and the occasional kindness of others--to help her through. That she does, in fact, survive her childhood and even rise above it is the book's bittersweet victory.

Great condition, no torn or soiled pages, tight binding, no library stamps.
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