The Box Children

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Riverhead Books, 2002 - Fiction - 186 pages
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"I will have to be careful," Lou Ann Campbell begins her diary. "Mother hunts through my room to make sure I'm not hiding things from her." The Box Children is the story of a twelve-year-old girl living on a Texas wheat farm. Her only friends are the Box Children, five tiny dolls she has named after her lost siblings-babies her mother has miscarried. This summer, Lou Ann's mother is pregnant again, but Lou Ann can already sense that something is wrong. As her mother's grasp on reality slips away, she must rely on her own wit and courage to make sense of adolescence.
Lucid and startlingly frank, "The Box Children" is a simple but stirring, tough but tender story about growing up. As Lou Ann emerges-a clear-eyed and spirited girl, struggling to see beyond her life with a cruel mother and a stifling father, beyond life on the farm, to the possibilities of a wide world-she will stake a firm claim in the hearts of readers.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A jealous, scourge-of-the-devil mother terrorizes her 12-year-old daughter on their rural north Texas wheat farm—in this thin, sweet, ultimately two-dimensional debut written in the form of the girl ... Read full review

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

Another tough read about a family with difficult relationships. This story written in the form of a child’s diary has a deep feeling of authenticity, like it was written from the heart by child who ... Read full review


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Sharon Wyse is a native Texan who spent her summers on a wheat farm until she was 15. A classically trained singer and former disc jockey, she holds degrees in English, journalism, and music, and has received two fellowships to the Ragdale Foundation writers' colony.

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