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Borrowed Children

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  11 reviews
" Golden Kite Award winner, 1989 Booklist, Editor's Choice School Library Journal, Best Books of 1988 Publisher's Weekly, Best Books of 1988 Twelve-year-old Amanda Perritt is pitched head-first into adult responsibilities when she has to quit school to care for her newborn brother and invalid mother. She gets an excape, she thinks, when she's offered a trip to stay with he ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 23rd 1999 by University Press of Kentucky (first published March 1st 1988)
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Penelope Anne Cole
“Borrowed Children,” by George Ella Lyon, was another bargain basement find that I’m very glad I found and read. It’s the story of twelve year old Mandy who is suddenly thrust into adult responsibilities when her mother nearly dies after giving birth to her youngest child, baby brother Willie. The story is set in the Depression era, so you know the family is struggling. Baby Willie makes the sixth mouth to feed.

Mandy, who’s been looking after her two younger sisters all their lives, is no stran
Dundee Library
Times are hard in the coal mining town of Goose Rock, Kentucky. They get even harder when twelve-year-old Amanda's mother nearly dies birthing her sixth child. Now the burden of taking care of a newborn, her weakened mother, and the rest of the household falls on Amanda. "Mandy", who loves school, is now required to stay home and deal with the pressures of keeping the house running for a family of eight. Just as the burden is becoming too heavy, her parents surprise her with a Christmas trip to ...more
Read this book when I was is the fourth grade. I didn't understood it well back then, all I knew about it was it's about a young girl that was forced to stay home, manage a household and take care of a newborn baby. Nevertheless, I loved it.

Years later, I decided to look for a copy and finally found one. I've decided to re-read it and I was surprised that my perspective and understanding changed. The story seemed too complicated to me before to find sense in it, but right now I can tell that it
My grandson gave me this book. He found it in the discard pile at his school library and thought I would like it. It tells the story of a young girl and her family, living in the mountains of Kentucky during the Depression. When Mandy's mother hemorrhages giving birth to Mandy's little brother, Mandy must leave the school she loves to stay home and care for her newborn brother and her two younger sisters while cooking and cleaning for her father and two older brothers and nursing her bedridden M ...more
I absolutely loved this book and could relate with the oldest child. This is an amazing book and one you will never forget. It will leave a long lasting impression on you.
A few years ago I did a workshop with George Ella Lyon at a Barnes and Noble. It was an amazing experience. We wrote our own I am from poems and talked about her writing process.
Andd Becker
Illness in the family requires a girl to take on adult responsibilities. The girl's reward is a trip to the city.
Ma Ha
This book is great, though the ending does cut off rather suddenly.
Ventsislav Kostadinov
I'm coming home, I'm coming home, all times no matter what!!
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George Ella Lyon is a Kentucky author who has published in many genres, including picture books, poetry, juvenile novels, and articles.
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