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Leo and the Lesser Lion

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Review:

"In the midst of the Great Depression, headstrong 12-year-old Mary Bayliss Pettigrew lives a somewhat lonely life in Lenore, Ala. Her touchstone is her fun-loving brother Leo, until he drowns in Sweet Springs Lake. Tormented by the question of why she survived ('What sense did it make to love a cat — or a person — when God could just snatch them away from you at any moment?'), Bayliss searches for her 'special purpose' in order to bring Leo's spirit back. Sensitive and hardworking, she slowly develops the strength to incorporate the pain of the past with the joy of the present. She's set her mind on becoming a nun when her parents decide to take in two orphans. At first Bayliss resents these 'weary travelers,' but despite the family's temporary poverty, she learns to love again. Forrester's (the Beatrice Bailey series) tale is replete with period charm and solid dialogue, and carries a clear message of selflessness: 'When you put somebody else's needs ahead of your own, you just might end up getting something you need in return.' Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Sandra Forrester is the author of several historical fiction novels and is also the author of the Beatrice Bailey Magical Adventure series. She has a masters degree in library and information studies and lives in Alabama. This is her first novel for Knopf.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375856167
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Grief
Author:
Forrester, Sandra
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.30x5.40x1.30 in. .90 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » 20th Century
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Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Death and Dying

Leo and the Lesser Lion
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Product details 304 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375856167 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the midst of the Great Depression, headstrong 12-year-old Mary Bayliss Pettigrew lives a somewhat lonely life in Lenore, Ala. Her touchstone is her fun-loving brother Leo, until he drowns in Sweet Springs Lake. Tormented by the question of why she survived ('What sense did it make to love a cat — or a person — when God could just snatch them away from you at any moment?'), Bayliss searches for her 'special purpose' in order to bring Leo's spirit back. Sensitive and hardworking, she slowly develops the strength to incorporate the pain of the past with the joy of the present. She's set her mind on becoming a nun when her parents decide to take in two orphans. At first Bayliss resents these 'weary travelers,' but despite the family's temporary poverty, she learns to love again. Forrester's (the Beatrice Bailey series) tale is replete with period charm and solid dialogue, and carries a clear message of selflessness: 'When you put somebody else's needs ahead of your own, you just might end up getting something you need in return.' Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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