Annotations for Shadow Girl


Baker & Taylor
Left to fend for herself for days at a time, the daughter of an alcoholic father and absentee mother is placed in foster care, where she endures a painful relationship with her foster mother before being taken into a supportive family.

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Baker & Taylor
Left to fend for herself for days at a time, the young daughter of an alcoholic father and absentee mother is observed by a compassionate saleswoman at the mall before being placed in foster care, where she endures a painful relationship with her foster mother before being taken into the saleswoman's supportive family. Original.

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Random House, Inc.
This novel for ages nine and up is the story of a resilient young girl who struggles as the daughter of an alcoholic father and an absentee mother. Left alone to fend for herself for days at a time, she is observed by a kind and compassionate saleswoman at the mall she retreats to every day after school to avoid going "home." The saleswoman gains her trust and takes action into her own hands by reporting the girl's situation to social services. She is placed in foster care, where she dreams of being reunited with her dad, despite the deprivations in her life with him. The relationship between the girl and her foster mother is painful, and the girl's spirit disintegrates. Eventually, the saleswoman "adopts" the girl into her caring family, whose love and support enable her, finally, to believe in herself.

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