Thumbelina by Andrea Koenig

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Angelica Skyler certainly wasn't a perfect mother to fourteen-year-old Thumbelina, but when she is found dead in the local duck pond, Thumbelina yearns to have her back. Six feet tall with thick glasses covering a face she doesn't even know is pretty, Thumbelina is now alone with a few Johnny Cash tapes, a guitar that belonged to the musician father she never knew, and a spirit almost as large as the odds against her.
Quickly placed with a foster family, Thumbelina bumps straight into Myrna, a feisty redhead half her size and with a baby in her stomach. Also fourteen years old and as savvy as they come, Myrna has no trouble discerning that her secretive new roommate is pregnant, too. With little money but lots of charm, the unlikely pair strike out on their own, only to run into more serious trouble and heartache than they could have ever imagined.
Laughs mingle with tears throughout this bittersweet, unforgettable story of a young girl embracing hope in the face of tragedy. Immensely talented first-time novelist Andrea Koenig has created a character whose distinctive and instantly lovable voice will hook readers from the very first page — and won't let go until the last.

 

About Andrea Koenig

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Andrea Koenig received a Fulbright award to Nothern Ireland in 1996 and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University in 1998. Thumbelina is her first novel. She lives in Syracuse, New York.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Scribner, (1999). 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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This leaves her daughter in the care of single (foster) mother Mrs. Leffer, and under the wing of fellow orphan Myrna, a street-smart teenager who’s also pregnant and with whom Thumbelina embarks on a series of disreputable adventures, including brief tenures as strippers and varied encounters wi...

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Thumbelina soon finds herself in a foster home where she meets a confidante, Myrna, streetwise and pregnant, who immediately identifies a complication Thumbelina is not yet aware of: Thumbelina is pregnant, too.

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