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Ellen Foster

by Kaye Gibbons  |  Grades: 9-12  |  Ages: 14+  

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

An eleven-year-old heroine tells her unforgettable story with honesty, perceptivity, humor, and unselfconscious heroism.

Having suffered abuse and misfortune for much of her life, a young child searches for a better life and finally gets a break in the home of a loving woman with several foster children. 


"The honesty of thought and eye and feeling and word!"--Eudora Welty
"A lovely, breathtaking, sometimes heart-wrenching first novel."--Walker Percy 


Winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction
Winner of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation's Citation for Fiction
A Literary Guild Selection 

A Biographical Note About Kaye Gibbons 

Kaye Gibbons (1960 -   ) was born in Nash County, North Carolina and attended Rocky Mount Senior High School, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her first novel, Ellen Foster, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction of the American Academy and Institute of the Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and was recently awarded the PEN/Revson Fellowship for A Cure for Dreams. She is writer-in-residence at the Library of North Carolina State University. She and her husband, Michael, and their three daughters Mary, Leslie and Louise, live in Raleigh.  

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