Ellie and her mother are victims of a terrible hurricane. The hurricane not only took their home and all their possessions, but Ellie’s father, whom she loved so dearly. Despite their tremendous loss, Ellie and her mother push forward to make a new life for themselves in Virginia. Throughout the text, Ellie struggles within herself about her value and self worth. Young girls in today’s society can identify with Ellie and her struggles. She learns through life experience that honesty and strength of character are what truly define each person and their purpose in life. This book is very tender hearted and contains many though provoking situations. After reading this book, any reader will want to strive to be like Ellie and her mother….being able to push through the tragedy life can present, while still remaining hopeful and ambitious for a better, improved life. The illustrations in this book are well placed, detailed, and supportive of the written text.
Review by Brooke Deardorff, Bennion Elem. School
Rating: 5 Stars
Interest Level: Grades 2-4
Written by Nancy Ruth Patterson, Illustrated by Patty Weise
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: September 14, 2010