Missing Sisters

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She's a skinny orphan. She's never been able to hear too well. And she can't speak too well, either. The only person who seems to care for her—one of the nuns at the orphanage—gets taken away from Alice in a freak accident.

And then one day somebody calls Alice by the ...

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Overview

She's a skinny orphan. She's never been able to hear too well. And she can't speak too well, either. The only person who seems to care for her—one of the nuns at the orphanage—gets taken away from Alice in a freak accident.

And then one day somebody calls Alice by the wrong name.

Miami, she says.

Miami Shaw.

Miami Shaw, who may be Alice's twin sister.

Who lives only a few miles away.

Who has what Alice has always dreamed of—a whole wonderful family. But is there a place in that family for Alice?

Twelve-year-old Alice, an orphan who has never been adopted because of her physical handicap and difficult personality, is shocked to discover she has an identical twin sister living nearby.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Affectionate humor and a particularly well-defined setting lend distinction to this touching novel set in 1968. Alice, a 12-year-old beset by hearing and speech impediments, lives in an orphanage run by nuns in upstate New York. After Sister Vincent de Paul, Alice's closest friend and supporter, is severely injured in a fire, no one explains to Alice that the sister has been sent for a long stay in a nursing home. Alice, worrying that Sister Vincent has died, makes a pact with God: until she knows that Sister Vincent will recover, she won't even consider an offer of adoption that has been extended to her--her first. A girl Alice despises gets her place, but Alice has a drama of her own, inadvertently learning that she may have a twin sister. With a mixture of cunning and courage, Alice finds her. Maguire, who spent some of his childhood in a Catholic children's home, avoids pat and obvious resolutions, and he conveys Alice's faith lightly but substantively. Characterizations of the Catholic environment are sharp and funny. Some poignant, genuinely suspenseful moments express, among other truths, the value of individuality. Ages 10-14. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-A portrait of a 12-year-old handicapped girl, raised by a stern group of nuns, emerges from this ragged novel. Alice has spent her life in an orphanage, steeped in rigid religiousness and-because of her hearing and speech impediments-in confusion. When the one nun who is sensitive to Alice tragically vanishes from her life, the girl's isolation is compounded by grief. Then, through a fluke of mistaken identity, she discovers that she has an identical twin sister who does not suffer from disabilities and who has a loving, supportive adoptive family. As Alice struggles to find her place, the story struggles to deal with attitudes that seem dated and off-balance without really giving a sense of upstate New York in the 1960s. Supporting characters and issues are left dangling, although Alice, finally, is not; her sudden adoption in the last few pages is abrupt and unsettling. An imperfect book, but an unusual look at Catholic family values and at a troubled child.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061232039
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 641,211
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the author of several best-selling adult novels, including Wicked, which was turned into a Broadway musical. His books for younger readers include the picture book Crabby Cratchitt, the novel The Good Liar, and the popular Hamlet Chronicles series. While writing Leaping Beauty, Mr. Maguire sadly became allergic to all creatures great and small. Now he lives in a house without pets, though he is the father of three happy, noisy small children to whom, at this writing, he has not yet developed allergies.

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    1. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 9, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Albany, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., SUNY at Albany, 1976; M.A., Simmons College, 1978; Ph.D., Tufts University, 1990
    2. Website:

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    good read

    It is a thin book, less than 200 pages. It has nothing to do with fairy tales. It was very interesting, and the ending was not what I expected, but I like it.
    Teens might like it. It is about nuns, adoptions and feelings.
    I would recommend this book to everyone

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    The book is a wonderful story of an orphan who really just wants

    The book is a wonderful story of an orphan who really just wants to be normal, but nothing in her life is. It reminds me a lot of the movie parent trap, except we are dealing with orphans who never knew the other existed. The book does not have a predictable ending which I enjoy. I read this book in one night and I will re-read it again. It reminds us to pay attention to the details of right now and here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    Well written!

    This book is a very well written one. It keeps you interested and lets you get into other people's lives and realize what it's been like. Miami and Alice are two perfect characters-for a wonderful book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Ehh

    It was an alright book but may have been better if they gave you more at the end instead of leaving you wanting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Good story

    Some wisdom hidden here, something to be learned about accepting your circumstances


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