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Ellen's Book of Life

Written by Joan Givner

Series Title: Ellen Fremedon

  • 208 Pages
  • 9780888998606
  • 7.500" x 5.100"
  • Reading age from 10 to 13
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Adoption
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Death & Dying


Publication Date September 01, 2008

When Ellen's beloved mother suddenly dies she finds a letter that her mother has left her, which piques her natural curiosity and sets her on a new mission. Ellen knew that she was adopted, but now she has the tools she needs to find her birth mother. And she does, though the results are surprising. With her typical energy and openheartedness she embraces not only her newfound family but a new faith, both of which unexpectedly help her, and her family, to move on with their lives.

Selected for the SSLI Honor Book 2009


Joan Givner
Joan Givner, a former university English professor, is an author and book reviewer who has written a dozen books of biography, autobiography and fiction, including Katherine Anne Porter: A Life and the novels Half Known Lives and Playing Sarah Bernhardt. The books in her Ellen series have been nominated for several awards. Joan lives on Vancouver Island in Mill Bay, a small seaside town not unlike Partridge Cove.


"...this first person narrative deals with weightier matters than those in the earlier is bolstered by the clarity and emotional candor of the writing." Booklist

"Givner does an amazing job of portraying a grieving family in this novel...each character resonates with true feeling...The book is also rich with story...characters and story details that are honest and appealing, Ellen's Book of Life is a book that is a much recommended read." CM Magazine

"The several threads of the story weave together without fanfare but with a calm assurance that creates a sturdy sense of character and believability." Kirkus Reviews