The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster
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The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster

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In this sequel to Gibbons's beloved classic Ellen Foster, Ellen, now fifteen, 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. But while she holds fast to the shreds of her child-hood--humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta--she begins to negotiate her way into a larger world. With a singular mix of perspicacity, naïveté, and compas-sion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156032902
  • 9780156032902
  • 1,090,996

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"Same spunk. Same sass. Same winning charm. Ellen looks at life through both barrels and aims straight on . . . in this fascinating tale of grit and determination." The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

In this sequel to Gibbons s beloved classic Ellen Foster, Ellen, now fifteen, 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. But while she holds fast to the shreds of her childhood, she begins to negotiate her way into a larger world. With a singular mix of perspicacity, naivete, and compassion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again.

"[Ellen Foster] is a few years older, a bit wiser to the ways of the world and just as compelling." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"As [Ellen] uses her considerable resources to move toward understanding and to react, equally, to old losses and sudden good fortune we re right there with her." Chicago Tribune

KAYE GIBBONS is the author of seven bestselling novels. Her first novel, Ellen Foster, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. That novel, as well as A Virtuous Woman, was chosen for Oprah s Book Club. Gibbons lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Reading Group Guide Inside and at www.HarcourtBooks.com.
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PRAISE FOR "THE LIFE ALL AROUND ME BY ELLEN FOSTER"
"As with the original, the sequel is an inspiring testament to the redeeming power of love and the sustaining power of hope."--"The Boston Globe"
"Classic Ellen, wise in some ways, naive in others, but always original in viewpoint and quite clear about what she intends to make herself."--"The San Diego Union-Tribune"
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1,473 ratings
3.16 out of 5 stars
5 14% (209)
4 26% (378)
3 32% (476)
2 18% (263)
1 10% (147)
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