56th out of 57 books — 28 voters
Willow and Twig
by Jean Little
Willow doesn't know what to do. Her mother has taken off again, she has to look after her brother Twig, and they're out on the streets of Vancouver with nowhere to go. Then Willow remembers her grandmother, whom she hasn't seen in years. Gram doesn't even know Twig exists, and Twig is, well, difficult. But Gram is her only hope now. After a few urgent phone calls from a po...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 14th 2003 by Viking Juvenile
(first published December 13th 2001)
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"Willow and Twig" by Jean Little was a cute book. I loved the fact the Twig would hang around Willow at all times, literally like his name, whixh is how he got his nickname. I feel that that makes Willow more responsible, almost like she knows that this little one is in her care. The author's purpose of this book is that no matter what situation you're in, you can always make the best of it and carry on. Willow conveys this by showing how even though their mother has left them, their care has di...more
Ten year old Willow and four year old Twig have been abandoned by their mother and left with her friends and acquaintances their whole lives. Twig was born addicted to drugs and was beaten by the boyfriend ruining his hearing at one of the places they were left and Willow is the only person he trusts. When the lady who looked after them last dies Willow knows she must escape before she is claimed by the lowlifes in the neighbourhood and she turns to the one person her mother kept her from. A ver...more
Willow and Twig are children alone; born of a drug-addicted mother and abandoned repeatedly - the story begins and they are in a small, dirty apartment with a woman who soon gets injured. Worried about an exboyfriend of her mother's, Willow decides to escape and hide in the park rather than wait for an ambulance. Then they go to the police station for help and end up flying from their home (Vancouver) to Toronto to live with their Grandmother. This is tense but reassuring book with some very tou...more
Ten-year-old Willow cares for her difficult little brother Twig in a world of drug abuse, poverty and abandonment. The help she finds makes for a far sunnier outcome than most kids in a similar situation can ever hope for, but it’s still a painfully honest view of how some children are forced to live. And the fact that Willow finds a safe home helps to temper some of the harsh circumstances that elementary school children read about in this book.
Jean Little is a Canadian author, born in Taiwan. Her work has mainly consisted of children's literature, but she has also written two autobiographies: Little by Little and Stars Come Out Within. Little has been partially blind since birth as a result of scars on her cornea and is frequently accompanied by a guide dog.More about Jean Little...