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Willow and Twig

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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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Taylor Terriberry
"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
C.L. Lynch
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favourite Jean Little book, and I love her books anyway. Jean Little's books often focus on disadvantaged girls - a girl who is legally blind, a girl with cerebral palsy, etc. But this is her first and only book which features a POC. It is also a lot less cuddly than many of her other books. Jean Little's books often address important topics like the death of a parent, disability, war, etc. But they are very cuddly and comforting.

Willow and Twig ranges into territory that Jean Littl
Neill Smith
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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
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Lorraine Montgomery
Sep 25, 2014 added it
Recommends it for: anyone over age 10
Ten-year-old Willow looks out for her little brother, Cal. They call him Twig because he's always attached to the end of her arm. Willow has responsibilities beyond her years and a determination that no-one will hurt her brother, no-one will make fun of him, and no-one will separate them. Without a confidant, she holds conversations with an imaginary red velvet mouse called Red Mouse, who gives her sage advice always. Willow has looked out for Twig since he was born. Willow and her mother, Angel ...more
Children's Department
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
Ginny Messina
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
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.
Maggie Shanley
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
What do you do when your mother is missing? When the old lady who watches after you dies? What do you do when your brother is 4 years old and cannot communicate? Who will watch out for you, who will protect you from life on the streets? This is a story of two siblings Willow and Twig on their own and on the move.
Darilynn Butler
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book. Highly recommend it to all.
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jean Little is one of my favourite Canadian authors. An exceptional story of the lives of children some which we do not see or pay attention to.
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Really liked it, my favorite is red mouse ^_^
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves
I LOVVVEEEE THIS BOOK!! it was so incredibly heartwarming and amazing!!
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Shelves: 2012
This is a tough, real book, but also i think gentle enough for kids. I also love that the "bushel and a peck" song is in it, as my mom and i sing the chorus to each other;)
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I say this book is more a three and a half. It wasn't my favourite book. I didn't love it, but I did like it.
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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.