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

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User Review  - madhamster - LibraryThing

Elizabeth has been sent to stay with her grandmother after the birth of her brother. Elizabeth feels resentful and jealous of the baby. After her grandmother's young neighbour, Aaron, disappears ... Read full review

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Paula Fox was born April 22, 1923 in New York City. When she was eight, she moved to a Cuban plantation and stayed for two years. In Cuba, she went to a one-room school with eight other students who ranged in age from six to fourteen. Fox attended nine schools before she was twelve. She spent 3 years at Columbia University but didn't graduate. Fox didn't start writing until she started a job teaching troubled children. Before that she worked in a wide variety of jobs. At sixteen, she was reading books for Warner Brothers, including Spanish novels. She was also a salesgirl, a model, a worker in a rivet-sorting shop, and lastly a lathe operator at the Bethlehem Steel during World War II. She wrote her first adult novel, Poor George, while she was living in Greece with her family followed by Maurice's Room, her first children's book. Fox is best known for her children's books, such as The Slave Dancer, which earned her a Newbery Medal and a Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984. Her adult novels include The Widows Children, A Servant's Tale, and The God of Nightmares, and News from the World: Stories and Essays.

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