The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster

The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster

Book - 2006
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This sequel to Gibbons's beloved classic Ellen Foster stands on its own as an unforgettable portrait of a redoubtable adolescent making herself up out of whole cloth. Now fifteen, Ellen is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease in the world. Her sole surviving ritual-a visit to the county fair-takes on totemic importance. While she holds fast to the shreds of her childhood-humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta-she negotiates her way into a larger world by selling her poetry to pay her way to a camp for gifted students. With a singular mix of perspicacity, naïveté, and compassion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again.

Anyone considering making an underage change in life, such
as who you're going to live with, should know there's no way to
avoid the government getting in on the decision, so try to be
kind to the lady they'll send with a stack of tests. Try to stay
calm and do your best on them.

-from The Life All Around Me By Ellen Foster
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151012046
Branch Call Number: F Gib


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Oct 07, 2012

I was looking forward to this sequel to "Ellen Foster", but the author seems to have lost her way in the intervening 20 years. In this book, Ellen is now 15, an exceptional adolescent hoping to go to Harvard. She comes to terms with her past through discovering more of her mother's life. The background is southern and backwoods. Overall, it seemed overally sentimental and unrealistic.


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