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The Land of Forgotten Girls

The Land of Forgotten Girls

Spring 2016 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Erin Kelly
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-0062238641
Hardcover Price: $16.99

At twelve, Sol finds herself living in Louisiana with a cruel stepmother and her six-year-old sister, Ming. When their beloved mother and other younger sister died in the Philippines, Tita Vea managed to marry their father and move with them to the United States. After settling his family in a grungy, furnished apartment in Magnolia Tower (which was not a tower and had no magnolias), he deserted them and returned to the Philippines.

Sol is a wonderful, believable heroine whose feisty nature and vivid imagination are her best defenses to protect herself and Ming from Vea's verbal abuse. While the author definitely does not rescue the sisters or give them a happy ending, she gives them a surprising friend and a story that concludes with realistic hope.

Kemie Nix   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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