Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book Review Ana of California by Andi Teran

I really enjoyed this book!

A modern re-telling of Anne of Green Gables, with a little darkness but a lot of hope.  The book's structure follows that of the original to a degree, but the story itself confronts the challenges of a young woman foster child, struggling to find her place in the world.

And fifteen year old Ana Cortez is in a tough spot.  She went into the foster care system after losing her parents and grandmother.  After essentially ten years bouncing around and getting kicked out of many foster homes it's a group home for her.  Until her case worker, who has a soft spot for her, decides to send her to a farm to work as an intern in a small agricultural town in Northern California.  If she does well, she can be emancipated and will be able to live independently.

Emmett Garber owns a small family farm and his sister Abbie lives with him.  At first, the transition is tough but of course all works out in the end.  We watch all of the characters open up and learn to trust.

And the book is just lovely, and it's targeted at teens.

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