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Runaway Alice (Foster Children)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Orphaned Alice feels she will never find the right home until she goes to stay with the Potters.
Hardcover, 118 pages
Published 1951 by Thomas Crowell & Co.
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Angela Sunde
May 05, 2015 Angela Sunde rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, mid-grade
This is the first book I chose for myself as a child, and it was before I learnt to read – before I even went to school. My older brother brought home the Scholastic book pamphlet from school and Mum said I could choose a book. I liked the look of this one, but when it arrived I was so disappointed to see there were no pictures inside. In spite of this, the cover was soon tatty from my pouring over it wondering: Why was Alice so sad? What was she doing on the front steps? Was this her house or ...more
Aer Bluewilson
Jun 26, 2013 Aer Bluewilson rated it it was amazing
I was really happy to find this book listed online, I was just sure that it was so old and unknown that I would be lucky just to find it on Amazon.com as a used book in a limited quantity. I believe the alternate title to this book is " A Nickel for Alice". I read this when I was young, 7th grade maybe? I love how the character thinks exactly like someone her age would, and that the writer was able to make it so believable. I also like the happy ending feeling. A favorite from my childhood. ...more
Tracy
Apr 30, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A book from my childhood that I read over and over again, and decided to re-read now (I still own my childhood copy!). I was pleased that even for me as an adult, it was still a compelling read, and still evoked that same cozy feeling I was remembering. The adults in this novel are kind and understanding, and while they are key to helping Alice find her way, they don't "save the day" for her--she finds her own way.
Amy Cheney
Jan 11, 2013 Amy Cheney rated it it was amazing
I read this book over and over again as a child - it's probably the book I read the most in my entire life. I just read it over again and I felt such comfort. Everything works out in the end, and all I can say is it makes me feel good. (The book is a total fantasy, but it worked for me).
Alicia Guinee
Oct 09, 2015 Alicia Guinee rated it it was amazing
Loved this book in Gr. 4. It was the first book I ordered from Scholastic Book Club when I switched from parochial to public school and book orders were offered. Loved it. Was just telling the kids in my school about it the other day!
Kristine Hansen
Feb 08, 2016 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
In this classic coming of age story, we meet recently orphaned Alice, who can't even explain to herself why she feels the need to run away constantly. Being placed in one foster home after another is heartbreaking. All she wants is a home, yet she's never known one before, so then how is she supposed to know when she finds what she's looking for? A temporary placement on a farm is terrifying, but gradually she comes to love the country, and the people around her.

In an "Anne of Green Gables" kind
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CLM
Aug 15, 2008 CLM rated it really liked it
Another Scholastic paperback I read and reread from my elementary school library. My niece is going to attend the same school in September - I am eager to see if any of the books I remember are still there.
Liz
May 26, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-ya-books
A childhood favorite - orphan girl who frequently runs away from foster homes is placed with benevolent older couple on a farm; learns to take care of hens, climb trees, and wear dungarees. A happy ending ensues.
Laura
I enjoyed this when I was in mid-elementary school.
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Apr 09, 2016 Kelley C rated it it was amazing
I wish this lady had written more than just these two books...
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