The Box Children by Sharon Wyse

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"I will have to be careful," Lou Ann Campbell begins her diary. "Mother hunts through my room to make sure I'm not hiding things from her." The Box Children is the story of a twelve-year-old girl living on a Texas wheat farm. Her only friends are the Box Children, five tiny dolls she has named after her lost siblings-babies her mother has miscarried. This summer, Lou Ann's mother is pregnant again, but Lou Ann can already sense that something is wrong. As her mother's grasp on reality slips away, she must rely on her own wit and courage to make sense of adolescence.

Lucid and startlingly frank, The Box Children is a simple but stirring, tough but tender story about growing up. As Lou Ann emerges-a clear-eyed and spirited girl, struggling to see beyond her life with a cruel mother and a stifling father, beyond life on the farm, to the possibilities of a wide world-she will stake a firm claim in the hearts of readers.

About Sharon Wyse

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the Box Childrenis Sharon Wyse's first novel.
Published July 1, 2002 by Riverhead Hardcover. 186 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Food is spiced beyond edibility, cheap plastic flowers and girlie magazines appear all over the house, and Loretta won’t stop using her own daughter as an instrument in shaming her husband.

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As the emotional distance between Lou Ann and her older brother, Will, increases by the day, she finds herself with only five small dolls to talk to and the scattered pieces of paper that make up her secret diary to confide in.

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In her first novel, THE BOX CHILDREN, author Sharon Wyse presents us with the diary of 12-year-old Lou Ann Campbell, a sensitive and inquisitive girl moving between the paper-doll and make-believe world of childhood and the more dangerous grown-up world of adolescence.

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To keep her company, Lou Ann has five dolls—the "children" of the title—each one named after a baby her mother has miscarried.

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