Western Wind

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Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1995 - Brothers and sisters - 208 pages
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Twelve-year-old Elizabeth is angry about spending the summer with her grandmother in Maine. She's sure her parents want to be alone with her new baby brother. Elizabeth loves Gran, but she feels stuck on Pring Island in a primative cottage with no hope of friends. Why is she really here?

Each day while Gran paints, Elizabeth explores and is slowly drawn to Aaron, the strange son of the only neighbors on the island. Then, almost without realizing it, Elizabeth feels closer to Gran and hears her words in a way she won't forget.

But nothing could prepare her for what was to come...after that summer on Pring Island.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

11 year old Elizabeth is shipped off to a remote island in Maine to spend a month with her grandmother after her brother is born. She's an engaging heroine, spunky and flawed. There were some clunky moments, but by the end of the book, I was liking the writing style more. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Even people of unusual intelligence and good will can encounter nigh-impossible choices. Denying Elizabeth an anticipated bike trip with a friend, her parents send her for a month with gruff Gran on ... Read full review

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Paula Fox was born in Manhattan, New York on April 22, 1923. She briefly studied piano at the Juilliard School and spent 3 years at Columbia University but didn't graduate. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a salesgirl, a model, a worker in a rivet-sorting shop, a lathe operator at Bethlehem Steel, and a teacher of troubled children. She wrote books for children and adults. Her children's books included Maurice's Room, Traces, Blowfish Live in the Sea, One-Eyed Cat, and The Eagle Kite. She received the Newbery Medal for The Slave Dancer in 1974 and the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her body of children's work in 1978. Her books for adults include Poor George, The Widow's Children, A Servant's Tale, and The God of Nightmares. Desperate Characters was adapted into a film starring Shirley MacLaine and Kenneth Mars. She also wrote two memoirs entitled Borrowed Finery and The Coldest Winter: A Stringer in Liberated Europe. She died on March 1, 2017 at the age of 93.

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