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The Children Who Lived in a Barn by Eleanor Graham
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Dec 25, 2009

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Read in December, 2009

This book was interesting -- I think it's the only children's book published by Persephone books, and the story follows five children whose parents up and disappear, and after being turned out of their house, find themselves living in a barn and struggling to keep up appearances, feed themselves and everything all while attending school.

What surprised me was how almost everyone in the book was unsympathetic -- the main character, Sue, is awesome, but she pretty much ends up doing everyone's work and acting like a mini adult. She has to deal with the District Representative, fend off the church committee and teachers, who all want to see the kids split up and put in homes. Her brothers and little sister spend most of them time whining and carrying on, and the parents are hopeless. It's a strange book!

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