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?
“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