Grover G. Graham and me

by Quattlebaum, Mary.

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Children Fiction J FIC Quat
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Children Fiction
Call Number  J FIC Quat
Ben Watson has been shuffled from foster home to foster home since he was 5 years old. Seven homes in six years. He's gotten used to blanking folks out, leaving them behind, and waiting for the day when he can leave foster care forever. Now, at the age of 11, Ben's just arrived at home number eight. But he's finding it hard to blank out the Torgles, his new foster parents, and their house full of strays: the 7-year-old twins, Kate and Jango, and the baby, Grover G. Graham. Grover's just over a year old and always getting into trouble, but Ben can't help liking the little guy -- especially since Grover was abandoned by his teenage mother, just like Ben was. The only difference is that Grover's mother, Tracey, is still trying to get custody of her child. But Ben is convinced Tracey will abandon Grover again. So when he gets the chance to escape from the system, Ben takes it. And he takes Grover with him.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4-7. Eleven-year-old Ben Watson, a veteran of foster care, still longs for a real home. He's hoping his eighth foster family isn't it, but among the other foster kids is Grover G. Graham, a baby abandoned by his mother, much like Ben. Though determined to remain unemotional and disengaged, Ben discovers he's good at-and enjoys-caring for Grover. Unfortunately, his concern for Grover's welfare leads him to do something rash-something that brings both consequences and new perspective. Ben is a likable, multilayered character, and his lively, descriptive narrative, peppered with dry wit and intimate detail, is both an engaging read and an exploration of foster care. The supporting characters and situations are somewhat stereotypical here, but taken together their stories illustrate that good hearts and homes can be found where least expected. --Shelle Rosenfeld"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Foster home care -- Fiction.
Parent and child -- Fiction.
Babies -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,2001
Language English
Description 179 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0385322771 (hardcover)
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