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Ellen's Book of Life (Ellen Fremedon)

by Joan Givner

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  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
There is a lot going on in this book. Ellen goes to Toronto to visit a friend during the summer but she is called home after a short time with the new that her mother has died. Her mother leaves Ellen a note encouraging her to find her birth other. Ellen goes and finds her birth mother who is a lawyer. This book is better for older students. ( )
  tzarate | Apr 24, 2014 |
Gr 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 Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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Ellen is excited. She's just won a provincial public speaking contest, and her new friends Dimsie and Catriona have invited her to visit them in Toronto for a month. She can't wait to sample all the fun of the big city, but she vows to write her mother, now bed-bound with MS, every day. Then, while she's away, the unthinkable happens: her mom dies. As a traumatized Ellen shuts out her best friend, Jenny, her father, brothers, and grandmother all try to cope with their grief and loss — sometimes in infuriating ways. Then she finds a letter 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 she's received the tools she needs to find her birth mother. And she does, though the results are surprising. In Ellen's Book of Life, Joan Givner creates a moving and optimistic story about tolerance, compassion, and the power of family ties. And, as always, Ellen's cheeky twin brothers lighten the mood whenever discussions at the family dining table start getting a little too serious.

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While dealing with the recent loss of her mother, Ellen comes upon a letter telling her that she was adopted and so begins the challenging process to delve into her past to find her birth mother using the important information that was provided.

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