Borrowed Children by George Ella Lyon

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" Golden Kite Award winner, 1989 Booklist, Editor's Choice School Library Journal, Best Books of 1988 Publisher's Weekly, Best Books of 1988 Twelve-year-old Amanda Perritt is pitched head-first into adult responsibilities when she has to quit school to care for her newborn brother and invalid mother. She gets an excape, she thinks, when she's offered a trip to stay with her grandmother and her sophisticated Aunt Laura in Memphis. But during the visit, she discovers unexpected parallels between her mother's childhood and her own and comes to understand her own individuality as well as what it means to be part of a family.


About George Ella Lyon

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George Ella Lyon grew up just down the road from Blanton Forest, the largest old growth forest in Kentucky, and has always felt most at home in the woods. Some of her recent titles include the ALA Notable "All the Water in the World", the Schneider Family Book Award winner "The Pirate of Kindergarten", the Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book "You and Me and Home Sweet Home", and "Planes Fly! "A novelist and poet, she lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. You can find out more online at
Published September 23, 1999 by The University Press of Kentucky. 140 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From the parallel between Mama's relationship with her sister Laura and Mandy's with Willie to the lovely shawl Mama has secretly crocheted as a Christmas gift for Mandy, Lyons' images hold insights that illuminate the world beyond her story;

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In this Depression-era tale about a 12-year-old girl, ""simple yet penetrating observations on families and love convey truths as pertinent to adults as to young readers,"" said PW.

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