Ellen's Book of Life (Ellen Fremedon)

Givner, Joan

Published by Groundwood Books, 2010
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Synopsis: Ellen's Book of Life is the fourth installment in the popular and multi-award-winning Ellen Fremendon series. Off enjoying an exciting summer in the big city, Ellen is far away from her sleepy hometown when she receives heartbreaking news: her mother has died. Shutting out her best friend and her family, Ellen tries unsuccessfully to cope with her sudden loss. Then she finds a letter that her mother has left her, which piques her natural curiosity and sets her on a new mission — Ellen knew that she was adopted, but now her mum has given her the tools she needs to find her birth mother. With her typical energy and open-heartedness Ellen starts the search and embraces not only her newfound family but a new faith, both of which help her, and her family, to move on with their lives.

From School Library Journal: Grade 5–7—In this adventure, events in Ellen's life move at such a dizzying pace that it's hard for readers to keep up. Ellen is asked to fill in for someone at a debating tournament, and although she has never competed before and the judge berates her for her sloppy appearance, she wins first place. As summer begins, she visits a friend in Toronto, but is quickly called home to Partridge Cove with the news that her mother, who suffered from MS, has died. Mum left a letter encouraging Ellen to find and get to know her birth mother. Although resistant at first, Ellen pursues the matter and discovers that her birth mother is Sarah, the abrasive Vancouver lawyer who judged the debate. As Ellen meets her previously unknown relatives, she is introduced to Judaism and finds her faith deepening. A subplot about a large corporation trying to build up the town's waterfront adds an environmental element, and as Sarah helps Ellen's dad fight the developer, a romantic bond blossoms. Givner portrays Ellen's anger after her mother's death and the family upheaval quite realistically, but the way that the rest of the events unfold so conveniently detracts from what could have been a powerful novel. Purchase only where the earlier books are popular.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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Title: Ellen's Book of Life (Ellen Fremedon)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: 2010
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