Keeper of the Doves by Betsy Byars

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Amen McBee, the youngest of five sisters, gobbles up words the way other children gobble up sweets.  She couldn't be more different from her elder twin sisters Arabella and Annabella-called the Bellas.  The mischievous Bellas constantly frighten Amen with stories of Mr. Tominski-the old recluse who lives in the woods nearby and mysteriously tends to a flock of doves.  The Bellas insist that Mr. Tominski is a dangerous bogeyman who eats children whole, but Papa vows that the "keeper of the doves" wouldn't hurt a soul.  When tragedy strikes the family Amen must decide once and for all who is right.


 

About Betsy Byars

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Betsy Byars was awarded the Newbery Medal for The Summer of the Swans in 1971 and has written more than a dozen other popular and award-winning novels, including the Herculeah Jones Mysteries.
 
Published February 9, 2004 by Puffin. 132 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Amie loves words, loves to learn them, and loves to ponder what they mean in the context of her family at The Willows at the turn of the last century.

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