Where I'd Like To Be

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 1, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 232 pages
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A ghost saved twelve-year-old Maddie's life when she was an infant, her Granny Lane claims, so Maddie must always remember that she is special. But it's hard to feel special when you've spent your life being shuttled from one foster home to another. And now that she's at the East Tennessee Children's Home, Maddie feels, well, less than ordinary. Six-year-old Ricky Ray, who came to the Home after his parents failed to come back from a party, thinks Maddie's the cat's meow. But what does a little boy like that know?
Maddie can't stop looking for a place to call home or for people who feel like home. She even makes a "book of houses," where she glues pictures of places in which she yearns to live. Then one day, a new girl, Murphy, shows up at the Home armed with tales about exotic travels, being able to fly, and boys who recite poetry to wild horses. Maddie is enchanted....Maybe, just maybe, she's found someone who feels like home and she lets her guard down. She shows Murphy her beloved scrapbook, never anticipating that this one gesture will challenge her very ideas of what home, and family, are all about.
With her astonishing ability to create characters who linger with you long after you turn the last page, Frances O'Roark Dowell explores the many definitions, both heartbreaking and awe-inspiring, of home and family.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
32
Section 4
72
Section 5
90
Section 6
102
Section 7
111
Section 8
118
Section 11
150
Section 12
170
Section 13
170
Section 14
174
Section 15
180
Section 16
190
Section 17
191
Section 18
202

Section 9
126
Section 10
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About the author (2003)

Frances O'Roark Dowell, author of the bestselling, Edgar Award-winning novel Dovey Coe, is the editor and cofounder of Dream/Girl Magazine, an arts magazine for girls. She has also been a Poet-in-Residence at Duke University Medical Center, and received her MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Massachusetts. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and sons, Jack and Will.

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