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It is the hot prairie summer of her twelfth year and Elsie is at a crossroads. Her beloved mother who is mentally ill has been hospitalized, and Elsie thinks that the breakdown is all her fault. Mental illness is simply not discussed in Elsies close-knit Mennonite community and she is rudderless. Nothing Elsie does seems to go right: theres no pleasing her bossy older sister; she forgets to feed the cat, so her father gives it away; shes supposed to watch out for her younger sister, but she lets her come home alone from the swimming pool (despite the lurking menace of a weird stranger around town); and she bargains with God to make her mother well again — to no evident avail.

Elsies conversations with God, her struggle to overcome guilt, and her honest desire to prove herself are laced with a wicked wit and clarity of vision. Almost Eden is a beautiful portrait of a town, a family, and a young woman willing to challenge the things that dont make sense to her, and to fix the things that dont seem right.

About the Author

Anita Horrocks has published three previous award-winning novels for young adults, Topher, What They Dont Know, and Breath of a Ghost. Almost Eden is her first novel to draw on her own Mennonite background growing up in southern Manitoba. Anita has two stepchildren and two grandchildren. She and her husband live in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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ISBN:
9780887767425
Author:
Horrocks, Anita
Publisher:
Tundra Books (NY)
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.64x5.16x.70 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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