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My Father's Daughter
E.L. Konigsburg
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My Father's Daughter

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Poor Little Rich Boy

Winston Carmichael has it all: a big house, servants, vacations in Palm Beach, and a fancy private school. But with overprotective parents and a sense of responsibility for his younger sister, Heidi, Winston sometimes feels more as if he's living in a prison than a dream.

Then one day a woman appears at the front door claiming to be Caroline -- Winst
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published (first published May 24th 2011)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I've about given up on E. L. Konigsburg. I find few of her characters sympathetic, and none in this...well, whatever it is. Novella? Long story?
This text reminded me strongly of Shirley Jackson's short story "Louisa, Please Come Home" except of course Jackson is a much better writer, showing instead of telling. This is mostly tell, and the telling is choppy and...well, "coy" is the only word I can come up with. I felt the whole time that I was being manipulated by the author, and it's not a feel
AmyNikita ( A Magical World of Words)
It was original and thought-provoking, but otherwise I'm sorry to say I found the characters very annoying and the story quite boring. It wasn't my kind of book at all.
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Nov 27, 2016 Daniel Letchford rated it really liked it
Very good! loved the characters and the mystery at the end, and the whole plot. I feel for Heidi for being handicapped and Winston for being chained to her
Elisheva Rina
Winston is a smart and serious seventh grader in 1952. He describes his younger sister, who has motor difficulties, is hearing impaired, and is emotionally delayed for her age, as "amoebalike," "cenazoic," and "a monkey," among other terms. I found it off-putting at first, but I guess that's how resentful brothers are. (In general, this book has a very high vocabulary--if that's the right was to put it.) I didn't really understand why Winston feels like he's in a "prison" because he feels ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Zach rated it really liked it
E.L. Konigsburg writes a marvelous tale of two spoiled rich kids. Both have certain handicaps that their long-lost sister wants to help improve. It is a moving tale, with a bits of humor throughout.
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Elaine Lobl Konigsburg was an American author and illustrator of children's books and young adult fiction. She was the only author to win the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year (1968), with her second and first books respectively: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. Kongisburg won a second Newbery ...more
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