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A Place to Call Home

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  95 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Anna is devoted to her younger siblings -- five-year-old Mandy and seven-month-old Casey -- and will sacrifice anything to keep the three of them together. So when her mother, who has been raising the children alone, leaves her small family, Anna hides the evidence from the authorities. But Anna's mother has committed suicide, and eventually the children are placed with fo ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Simon Pulse (first published 1995)
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Ariana Knight
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kami Garrett
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would say this book is the best book I have ever read in my life. It touched my heart and I almost cried a couple times. Once I read A place to call home I told my friends about how much I liked this book, they wanted to read it too. My sister and my two friends have read the book too and loved it. If you like books that want to make you cry and that are heartwarming you would want to read this book. I liked it so much that I looked up the author and Im reading more books of hers. Read this bo ...more
Mimi Williams
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Poorly written with a lot of adverbs and weak descriptions. The story hangs together by a weak thread. I expeceted better from such a well-published author.
Amber Mcneal
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked ths book. I started reading it on Friday and couldn't put it down. It was about a 15 year old girl who's mother had a severe drinking problem and from there, everything started to go wrong. She had to leave her home and her childhood early to start acting as a mother. She has to take care of her little brother and sister and hide the fact that their mother disappeared. Anna has to learn at an early age how to figure out what choices to make that will benefit her and her siblings. ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
When fifteen-year-old Anna's mother leaves again, she knows it's up to her to care for two younger siblings and keep the authorities from finding out. A daunting task. This was a quick, engaging read that would probably be more appreciated by its target audience --- teenage girls --- than it was by me.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: issues, young-adult
Anna is a young high school student with dreams of a college scholarship. However, she also often has to take responsibility for her two younger siblings. Her mother is an irresponsible alcoholic who often disappears. When her mother ends up committing suicide Anna has to figure out a way to keep the three of them together.
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-and-youth
I really liked this story about a girl running away with her siblings to avoid being taken from social services and separated from her siblings (they are white and young, and she is mixed race and a teen). It doesn't have the ending some kids might want, but it's realistic in that sense, and really touches your heart. This is a great book for grades 6-10.
Glenda Pyt
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i love the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i think any teenagetr should read these incredible journey of this young girl and her siblings, children of a alcholic mother, that are trying to find "a place to call home."
Ashley Lavering
Oct 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book but it ripped my heart out. I couldn't put the book down. With that said, it did end happily or else I might need therapy. lol. The author did really well with the emotions in this book
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jan-11
recommended by one of my students, I am about a third of the way through, I can see why our students would like this book--a teenager facing all obstacles, some a teenager shouldn't have to deal with...I cried through the end. I would definitely recommend this to my students.
Xavier Mathis
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this was a great book. one of my top favorites!!!!
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this book is really touching...don't worry, it won't make you cry!'s about protecting your loved ones that mean the world to you...even if you have to give up your dreams
Molly Panzer
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
very strong young girl, even though it's more than 30 years since it was published.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Place to Call Home was a good book. It was very easy to read though. It didn't challenge me very much. The ending wasn't quite what I expected, but I liked it.
Mimi Endo
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was great! I really enjoyed the flow of the book, and the storyline was very creative. The authors writing is simple, yet eye catching. Very enjoyable for all ages.
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Jackie French Koller (born 1948) is an American author of picture books, chapter books, and novels for children and young adults. She lives and writes in western Massachusetts.

Koller is also an accomplished painter. Her interest in art inspired her to open The Little Black Dog Gallery in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Koller's young-adult novel If I Had One Wish was adapted into a Disney Channel Origina
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