Ellen Foster

Ellen Foster

Book - 1988
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One of the most talked-about and endearing first novels in years bears the story of a female Huck Finn and her search for a true home. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1988, c1987.
Edition: 1st Vintage contemporaries ed.
ISBN: 9780394757575
Branch Call Number: Gib
Characteristics: 126 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jul 16, 2015

July 12 2015......I read this book because I needed a book with a female heroine for the summer reading challenge. (and it was a short one!) I found the writing style a little hard to follow at first, but soon became accustomed to it. All in all, not a bad book.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 25, 2014

A young girl from the Southern backwoods who is wise beyond her years is abused, neglected, and left to find refuge in a world of predatory adults. A heart-rending tale of courage, wit, and purpose.

Jun 22, 2013


Powerful opening that grabs you immediately, this novel is told from the perspective of a 10 year old facing many adult challenges. While daunting, Ellen exercises considerable agency while maintaining a believeable voice.

KRockstar10 Apr 28, 2013

Wow, what a book. At a whopping 126 pages, I wasn't sure it could pack much of a punch, but the ending really gets to you.

Oct 07, 2012

Written by Gibbons when she was 27, and perhaps based partially on her life, this is a coming of age story of 11 year old Ellen Foster. Ellen escapes difficult circumstances to find a loving home but this precocious girl is still emotionally damaged. Her voice is without self-pity and seems authentic.

Nov 08, 2007

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