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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.
Well I was confused for almost half of the book. On page 64 we finally are told what race Ellen is. This is important as race is a theme prevalent in this book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by M. Maria Tweedy @bookwormanista
Came on time and was in perfect condition, just as they said! Very pleasedPublished 13 days ago by Samantha Arfin
One of the most creatively written stories that I have read in a long time. This will pull at your heartstrings and lift your spirit.Published 2 months ago by Robert Ressler
Brilliant read told from the eyes and voice of a girl who has seen and experienced too much for her young age. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reads4fun
It was weird and i NEVER FINISSHED IT. I'm not the literary type.Published 3 months ago by lynstrom
I went into this book thinking it would be about a girl with a troubled life, (and it was), but I wasn't expecting it to be written as the troubled young girl actually telling the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by tonna d irick