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Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
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Apr 25, 2012

it was amazing
Read in April, 2012

Rory Dawn Hendrix has checked out the Girl Scout Handbook from the school library so many times hers is the only name on the card. The school librarian adds the handbook to the book sale bin, and discreetly lets Rory Dawn know she can buy it for 10 cents.

The Girl Scout Handbook is Rory Dawn's compass and guiding light. She refers to it to solve all of life's mysteries. She doesn't have a troop or a uniform, and only once, for a very short time, does she know any other Girl Scouts, but that doesn't stop Rory Dawn from her desire to practice the Promise and Laws; she just learns new ways to interpret them to cope with her family and poverty.

Humorously sad, poignantly philosophical, old beyond her years, Rory Dawn faces life on the edge with courage and grace.

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