The Life All Around Me by Ellen FosterBook - 2006
This sequel to Gibbon's beloved classic Ellen Foster stands on its own as an unforgettable portrait of a redoubtable adolescent making herself up out of whole cloth. Now fifteen, Ellen is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease in the world. Her sole surviving ritual - a visit to the county fair - takes on totemic importance. While she holds fast to the shreds of her childhood-humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta - she negotiates her way into a larger world by selling her poetry to pay her way to a camp for gifted students. With a singular mix of perspicacity, and compassion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again. .
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gibbons
Characteristics: 218 p. ; 21 cm