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Anna Casey's Place in the World

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Praise For Adrian Fogelin's Previous Work, Crossing Jordan:
  • ALA 2001 Best Book for Young Readers
  • 2000 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
  • Honors List of the IRA 2001 Notable Books for a Global Society

"In this sensitive portrait of black-white relations in a changing neighborhood, Fogelin offers a tactful, evenhanded look at ...

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Overview

Praise For Adrian Fogelin's Previous Work, Crossing Jordan:
  • ALA 2001 Best Book for Young Readers
  • 2000 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
  • Honors List of the IRA 2001 Notable Books for a Global Society

"In this sensitive portrait of black-white relations in a changing neighborhood, Fogelin offers a tactful, evenhanded look at prejudice."
--USA Today

"...Jemmie and Cass are likable, lively characters, and readers will enjoy the repartee between them."
--School Library Journal

"Readers will appreciate the honesty of Fogelin's approach and applaud [Cass and Jemmie] in their fast friendship."
--The Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books

Anna, a twelve year old girl with strong survival instincts, tries to adjust to life in a Florida foster home in a strange neighborhood with an overly tidy single woman and Eb, another foster child who is not at all sure he wants to stay there.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Twelve-year-old Anna Casey is fresh out of relatives when she comes under the care of Miss Dupree, her new foster mother. Miss Dupree is new at the foster mother business. She is single, overly tidy, does not believe in junk food and runs a dating service out of her home. Lively and quick-thinking Anna is determined to make a permanent home for herself. Placed with Anna is scrawny Eb, a feisty kid with a mind of his own. Eb does not think it is necessary to please, as he is convinced that his mom will be picking him up soon. Armed with Anna's explorer's notebook, the two children set out to map the neighborhood and pick up a stone. Anna has obtained a stone from the four other places she has lived. Soon they meet two new friends, a homeless Vietnam vet who hears messages from the radio in his brain, and an unconventional biology teacher, Miss Johnette. Other children and the entire neighborhood become involved in Anna's scheme to move a forest. Just when things are looking up, something happens and Anna is sure that her placement will not last. The trials and tribulations of growing up come to life in a poignant story filled with delightful characters and a lively plot. You will want to give Anna a hug as she fights desperately to find her place in the world. 2001, Peachtree, $14.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
From The Critics
Anna Casey is a twelve-year-old girl who is trying to adjust to life with Miss Dupree, her foster parent. Anna has lived with her grandmother, and later with her aunt and uncle; now, she wants to have a chance to grow up and be a part of a "real" family. Adjusting to living in this new foster home—with a distant, first time foster mother and a ten-year-old boy from a neglectful home—provides Anna with more than her fair share of challenges and burdens. The reader will see how Anna discovers a sense of self as she succeeds in finding her place in the world. Her friend Eb, her biology teacher, her friends from the neighborhood, and a homeless Vietnam veteran help her to establish a sense of belonging and a positive outlook on life. To be sure, Anna has been through much, yet her charm and good common sense manage to win the day. Fogelin tells a strong believable story and draws credible characters in this sequel to Crossing Jordan (2000). 2001, Peachtree Publishers, 224 pp., Gerlach
KLIATT
Anna Casey, at 12, has wisdom. Unfortunately, she had to gain this wisdom through her journey as an orphan from one home to another. Fortunately, she is willing to share her wisdom with Eb, the 10-year-old who has also been placed in the foster home of Miss Dupree in Tallahassee, Florida, after many other placements. Anna has decided that she has to find a home soon because "If I kept going, I'd fall right off the map." Anna is wise enough to know that a family can be formed out of an assortment of people. In her case, they include local kids, an insightful teacher, and even a homeless veteran. This is a thoughtful coming-of-age story and Anna is an intrepid heroine to whom middle school students will be able to relate. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2001, Peachtree, 207p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Nola Theiss
VOYA
Twelve-year-old Anna Casey wants a place to call home. Orphaned as a baby, she has been sent from relative to relative, diligently drawing maps of the places she has been in her explorer notebook. When she runs out of relatives, she is placed in the home of a new foster mom, Miss Riley, and hopes with all her heart that she will be allowed to stay. Joining Anna is ten-year-old Eb Gramlich, who is certain that his mom, Lisa, will come for him as soon as she gets resettled and dumps her boyfriend, Eddie. Anna is not the girlie-girl that Miss Riley expected her to be, and she and Eb, her sometimes-unwilling partner, spend days outside, mapping the neighborhood and having adventures. More than adventure, though, Anna wishes to belong. With each chapter titled, the book has an episodic feel. Because the year is never mentioned and the story is told mostly through dialogue and not Anna's innermost thoughts, it is almost a timeless slice-of-life tale. Although the characters and plot deal with some heavy themes such as abandonment, homelessness, Vietnam veterans, and ecological preservation, the story is neither didactic nor analytical. This book does not grab hold and hurtle readers toward the end but merely holds their hands on a nice walk through the story. The characters simply experience things, and the reader reads about them, which makes for a heartwarming and innocent, if prim, tale for younger teens looking for a nice story about a girl searching for a home. VOYA CODES:3Q 3P M (Readable without serious defects;Will appeal with pushing;Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2001, Peachtree, 207p, $14.95. Ages 11 to 14. Reviewer:Blayne Tuttle Borden—VOYA, December 2001(Vol. 24, No. 5)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Anna is the heroine of this orphan tale that has no real surprises and the standard, feel-good ending. A 12-year-old who has run out of relatives to care for her, she ends up in a foster home with a distant, first-time foster mother and a 10-year-old boy from a neglectful home. A colorful biology teacher and local conservationist from the neighborhood strike up a friendship with the children, as do Cass and Jemmie, the memorable runners from the author's Crossing Jordan (Peachtree, 2000). Set in the same blue-collar neighborhood during a Florida summer, the plot hinges on Anna's need for permanency and her desire to be accepted for who she is. Numerous subplots, including a homeless Vietnam vet, a wooded area being cleared for a sand mine, an adult romance, and the foster brother's long-term placement, at times detract from the arc of the story. Through her natural-sounding, first-person narrative, Anna comes off as being polite, eager to please, and with a great love of the world around her. Useful as a companion volume to Crossing Jordan or where a quiet story of belonging is needed.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561452958
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 990,055
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    the best book ever

    i know a girl with the same name as the main character and it makes the book an even better experience. this book is insane and a great book. i love it so much and i just cant believe how fantastic it is. a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2007

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    Anna Casey's Place in the World by Adrian Foglin is a memorable book. It is about two children who go to live with a foster mom. Anna and Eb meet a woman named Miss Johnett who later is of importance to Anna. They have lots of adventures with her and the neighborhood kids. If you like stories that squeeze your heart then you should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2004

    One of my all time favorets

    This is such a good story, I thought so a least. I hope that another one comes out so you can learn more about Eb...

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