" 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.
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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;Mar 01 1988 | Read Full Review of Borrowed Children