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Ellie Ever

Nancy Ruth Patterson; black and white pictures by Patty Weise

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Ellie and her mother lost everything in the hurricane: their home, their family business, and, tragically, Ellie’s dad. They get a chance at a new life when Ellie's mom gets a job apprenticing as a farrier and managing a horse farm in Virginia. Ellie has a scholarship to Twin Creeks Preparatory School, where her snobby classmates aren’t friendly at all—until a rumor begins that Ellie is actually a princess! Suddenly Ellie is the school's most popular girl. But what will happen when the truth comes out?

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Ellie Taylor hated it when people called her and the other kids heroes. “Heroes in hand-me-downs,” the church lady giving out sweaters to the children in the homeless shelter said to nobody in particular on Christmas Eve. Ellie wondered how that fake honor could make anybody who’d lost just about everything they had in a “natural disaster” feel better.
Ellie knew full well she wasn’t a hero because a hateful hurricane had swallowed her house. It had washed away the shutters and doors and kitchen sink. It had also washed away whole neighborhoods and even
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Praise for Ellie Ever

The horses and animals, so beloved by Ellie and many elementary-aged kids, will initially attract readers, but it's the straightforward story of the little family, rebounding from terrible tragedy with bravery, honesty, and character, that is the heart of this book's appeal.” —Horn Book Magazine

 

“By the end of the story she has made the right choices and is on her way to becoming the ‘best Ellie ever,’ just as her father had always wished her to be.” —School Library Journal

“In the crowded and increasingly repetitive field of early chapter books, here’s a breath of fresh air.” —Booklist

“A thoughtful look at the challenges faced by hurricane refugees…” —BCCB

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Nancy Ruth Patterson; black and white pictures by Patty Weise

  • NANCY RUTH PATTERSON is the author of several novels for children, including The Winner’s Walk, which appeared on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List as well as four other state lists. She lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

    PATTY WEISE is an artist who lives in northwestern Connecticut.

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Ellie Ever

Nancy Ruth Patterson; black and white pictures by Patty Weise

Virginia Readers' Choice
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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