Willow and Twig by Jean Little

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Willow doesn't know what to do. Her mother has taken off again, she has to look after her brother Twig, and they're out on the streets of Vancouver with nowhere to go. Then Willow remembers her grandmother, whom she hasn't seen in years. Gram doesn't even know Twig exists, and Twig is, well, difficult. But Gram is her only hope now. After a few urgent phone calls from a police station in Vancouver to Ontario, Willow and Twig are on their way across the country to a grandmother they hardly know, and a strange household made up of an eccentric uncle, a hostile aunt, and a motley crew of animals. Willow is entranced by this new home-but is it really home? Are they safe at last?

About Jean Little

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Jean Little has been publishing books for young readers for over thirty years, and has won numerous awards and honors. She lives on a farmstead with her sister, her niece and nephew, and a motley crew of animals.
Published April 14, 2003 by Viking Juvenile. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Little (Emma’s Yucky Brother, 2001, etc.) has skillfully developed the characters of the two children through Willow’s mental anguish as she has silently struggled alone for the last several years with her fears and bore the responsibility of serving as surrogate mother, teacher, and even stable ...

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However, 11-year-old Willow's thoughts often convey a level of consciousness not displayed in her actions or conversations (for instance, as she walks one of the many household dogs, she gazes at nature and thinks, "Here you could simply stand and let the land smooth out all the hurt, rough, sore...

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