Willow and Twig

Willow and Twig

Book - 2001
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Ten-year-old Willow lives with her four-year-old brother Twig. They are in the care of their mother, since neither of their fathers have stuck around to raise them. When their mother breaks her parole and takes off, they are left in the care of Maisie. Unfortunately Maisie suddenly dies, and the two find themselves alone in the city.

With no one left to look after them in the city where they were born, they are sent to live with Willow's grandmother, a writer, in her house called Stonecrop. From the rough streets of Vancouver, the children must adjust to a rural setting in Ontario, and the ways of their grandmother.

Both heartbreakingly real and honestly inspiring, the story of Willow and Twig reverberates with the realities of growing up alone and unwanted, learning to be proud of who you are and having the courage to find out where it is that you truly belong.

Publisher: Toronto : Puffin Books, 2001, c2000
ISBN: 9780141306698
Branch Call Number: J FIC Littl 3558
Characteristics: 227 p


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Oct 24, 2012

I remember reading this book years ago when I was in elementary and loved it. Its one of thoes books that you read in childhood and it sticks with you.

Feb 06, 2012

This book is awesome but was depressing at the beginning poor Willow she has alot in her hands especially Twig!

May 27, 2010

Roaming the children's section, I tripped across this book by Jean Little and I just had to read it. It's a fantastic read and gets right into the headspace of a young girl who's had to be the main caretaker for herself and her brother since a young age. The interplay between herself and the adults around her as she re-integrates into her Grandmother's household is funny and poignant.

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lms May 07, 2008

"Ten-year-old Willow and her younger, emotionally disturbed brother ,Twig are like "nobody's children." Abandoned by their drug-addicted mother, Angel, they become homeless and their temporary caretaker suddenly dies. The terrified kids end up at the Vancouver police station and Willow finally call her grandmother, who Willow believed had disowned Angel and her Grandmother welcomes the children with delight, and with the help of an uncle, the children travel to the family farm near Toronto to begin their new life. A moving, ultimately hopeful story about abandonment and rescue." (Novelist Review)


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