Prairie Whispers by Frances Arrington

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Colleen didn't mean for Ma and Pa to think that the wagon woman's baby was their own. It was almost an accident, the way her stillborn little sister got switched with the dying woman's newborn; Ma was too ill to know what was happening, and Pa was away. The woman begged Colleen to take the baby girl and keep it safe from her cruel husband, so how could Colleen refuse? She meant to tell Ma and Pa the truth about that night, but somehow it never seemed the right moment . . . now what if they think she did the wrong thing? Would baby Bonnie be taken away?

Can she really keep the secret forever, though?

Frances Arrington, author of the critically acclaimed Bluestem, vividly evokes the lonesome, wild beauty of the 1860s American prairie in this gripping tale of secrets that leads to lies.

About Frances Arrington

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Frances Arrington lives in Folly Beach, South Carolina.
Published May 12, 2003 by Philomel. 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Dear Kind Stranger,” the woman writes in a note that Colleen hides under her mattress, “Please take my baby and love her.” Colleen switches the babies, and her mother’s is buried along with the unknown dead woman.

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Returning to the setting of her lyrical first novel, Bluestem, Arrington builds a suspenseful tale of a 12-year-old girl faced with sophisticated decisions. Colle

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