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Greetings from Nowhere (Frances Foster Books)

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Willow watched from the front seat of the truck as her father glanced around the weed-filled parking lot. Squinted out at the cracked, empty swimming pool. Frowned over at the faded, peeling sign.

      “I know it aint much to look at now,” Aggie said. “But you shoulda seen it in its heyday.” She gestured with her skinny arm, making the sweater flop down over her hand. “This whole parking lot was filled to overflowing. Cars and kids and all. Guests in every room every night. Well, almost every night . . . at least in the summer . . . And—”

      “Mrs. Duncan, I—”

      “Aggie,” she said. “Please. Call me Aggie.”

      She squinted over at the pickup truck where Willow sat.

      Willow slumped down in the seat.

      “Is that your girl?” Aggie said.

      “Yes,” her father said. “Thats Willow.”

      “Willow!” Aggie grinned. “Well, what a fine name!” She waved toward the truck. “Hello, Willow,” she called.

      Willow waved back.

      A tiny little wave.

      “There havent been kids around here for the longest time,” Aggie said. “I just love kids,” she added.

      Willow slumped down a little farther and pretended like she didnt see her father motioning for her to get out of the truck.

      She didnt want to get out of the truck.

      She wanted to go home.

      Back to the little brick house with the screened porch.

      Her father motioned again and said, “Please come here, Willow,” in that voice Willow hated.

      So Willow got out of the truck and stood beside her father, looking down at her pink plastic sandals.

      “I figured we should make arrangements for the inspection,” Willows father said to Aggie. “And get the rest of the paperwork done and all.”

      Aggies hand fluttered up to her glasses, smoothed her hair, pushed at the sleeve of her sweater. “Um, well, okay.” The corners of her mouth twitched. “But theres no hurry, right? I mean, you wanna be sure and all, and I . . .”

      Willow studied Aggies face. She couldnt put a name to what she saw there, but she knew that Aggie didnt want to sell this motel.

      She looked around her at the ramshackle place and wondered why.

      Why would anyone want to keep an awful old place like this?         

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374399375
Author:
Oconnor, Barbara
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
O'Connor, Barbara
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Situations / New Experience
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Hotels, motels, etc
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
North carolina
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Emotions and Feelings
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Family - Alternative Family
Subject:
Lifestyles - Country Life
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Series:
Frances Foster Books
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 8
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.625 x 5.1875 in
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 224 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374399375 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Aggie isn't expecting visitors at the Sleepy Time Motel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Since her husband died, she is all alone with her cat, Ugly, and keeping up with the bills and repairs has become next to impossible. The pool is empty, the garden is overgrown, and not a soul has come to stay in nearly three months. When she reluctantly places a For Sale ad in the newspaper, Aggie doesn't know that Kirby and his mom will need a room when their car breaks down on the way to Kirby's new reform school. Or that Loretta and her parents will arrive in her dad's plumbing company van on a trip meant to honor the memory of Loretta's birth mother. Or that Clyde Dover will answer the For Sale ad in such a hurry and move in with his daughter, Willow, looking for a brand-new life to replace the one that was fractured when Willow's mom left. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that Aggie and her guests find just the friends they need at the shabby motel in the middle of nowhere.

From an author long recognized for her true Southern voice and heartfelt characters, Greetings from Nowhere, with its four intertwining stories, brings Barbara O'Connor's work to a new level of sophistication.

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