Scout by Christine Ford

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Cecelia prides herself on being the lookout in the woods behind her Texas home. After all, a person as skinny and gullible as Redbud, the new kid at school, needs someone to watch over him. Besides, with Pop spending all his time in the garden, Sis off with her boyfriend, and Cecelia’s mom dead and gone, it’s not like Cecelia has anything else to do.
When Redbud trusts her enough to show her where he lives and introduces her to his father, the rigid sergeant major, Cecelia doesn’t know what to think. Maybe Redbud just needs more discipline, like the sergeant major says. Or maybe she isn’t the lookout, the scout, that she thought she was.

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Christine Ford grew up in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. She now lives in Texas, close to the Trinity River, and is often inspired by the beautiful places she has lived.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published March 25, 2009 by Yearling. 226 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The inclusion of several of Cecelia’s own poems exacerbates the narrative irresolution: How can the author of typically childish lines also deliver the nuanced, elegantly compressed verse of the novel at large?

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