Taking Care of Moses

Barbara O'Connor

Frances Foster Books

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Who left the baby at the Rock of Ages Baptist Church?

Randall Mackey has a secret. He knows who left the baby on the steps of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church. But he can't tell anyone, not even his best friend, Jaybird. And he certainly can't let Jaybird's little sister, Althea, find out because she'd be sure to shout it from the rooftops. Randall can't tell because Queenie Avery was also there, and he wants to protect her. Poor old Queenie seems to be getting more and more forgetful these days. And now that she's begun to wander, folks in town want to send her away, which would break Mr. Avery's heart. While Randall's busy worrying about doing the right thing, everyone in town is discussing who should take care of baby Moses, and it isn't long before a feud breaks out. Randall has to come up with a plan that won't hurt those he most wants to help. And he's got to do it quickly before the situation gets completely out of control.

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Taking Care of Moses
1Randall Mackey had a secret. He knew who left the baby in the cardboard box on the front steps of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church.He worried and worried about the secret, not knowing whether or not he should tell someone. But Randall was afraid that if he told even one person, something bad might happen to Queenie.His worry felt like a hot, heavy blanket, covering him from head to toe. After worrying for three days, Randall decided the answer was no. He wouldn't tell anyone. Not even Jaybird."What's wrong with you, anyway?" Jaybird said, poking Randall with his pointy elbow.

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Praise for Taking Care of Moses

"A rewarding read."
-- Booklist

"This is a funny and touching story. O'Connor sweetens everything with an earthy humor and a great ear." -- School Library Journal

"O'Connor has written a well-developed, intriguing short novel with a suspenseful clue-filled story line proposing an ethical dilemma that will keep readers wanting to know the outcome. Good premise and delivery make this a thought-provoking choice for discussion."
--Kirkus Reviews

"O'Connor explores the dynamics of a tight-knit Southern community...ultimately celebrating the bonds of custom and affection that keep the town humming."
-- The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"O'Connor deftly blends humor and poignancy in this subtle, boy's-eye-view of race relations and religion in a close-knit small town." -- The Horn Book Magazine

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About the Author

Barbara O'Connor

Barbara O'Connor is the author of several noteworthy books for children, including Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia and Moonpie and Ivy. She lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

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Taking Care of Moses
Barbara O'Connor

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Parents' Choice Award Winner, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
October 2004
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ISBN: 9781466811737
ISBN10: 1466811730
Middle-Grade Fiction144 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$7.99
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