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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (971 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaye Gibbons Narrator: Kaye Gibbons Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This sequel to Gibbons' 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, protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta, she negotiates her way into a larger world --selling her poetry for money to pay her way to a camp for gifted students. With a singular mix of perspicacity, naiveté and compassion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lacy | 2/20/2014

    " Her abstract writing style was the main factor that ruined the book to me...that and the fact that the story seemed to revolve too much around her abandonement issues with her mother, it was kind of a weak crutch for the plot to lean on. I wish they would have explored Laura's character more as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cathy | 2/9/2014

    " Didn't enjoy this one. Might be because I read it out of order and should have read Ellen Foster first but I thought that was what I had picked up at the library not realizing this was the second book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Erin | 2/8/2014

    " I loved the original Ellen Foster but this was really really disappointing. I didn't even finish it and that's rare for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Kay | 1/24/2014

    " In this sequel to ELLEN FOSTER Ellen is living in a stable foster home & maintaining her friendships with all the local misfits. She also applies to Harvard at the age of 15. I think it helped that I listened to this book as read by the author. "

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