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Three Little Words: A Memoir

Title

Three Little Words: A Memoir

Publisher

Atheneum

Pages

304 pages

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9781416948063

Genre

nonfiction

Topic

Family Relationships; Foster care; foster child; foster homes

Annotation

"Sunshine, you're my baby and I'm your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama." Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

foster families

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2009 Senior High Core Collection Supplement to the Seventeenth Edition 2008, 2008 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2015 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, 2011-2012; Nominee Florida Teens Read, 2009-2010; Nominee Gateway Readers Award, 2010-2011; Nominee Georgia Peach Teen Readers' Choice Award, 2009-2010; Nominee Rhode Island Teen Book Award, 2010; Nominee Volunteer State Book Award, 2010-2011; Nominee Reading Olympics Booklist, 2016; None

Keywords

abuse; memories; caseworkers; schools

Item Type

Nonfiction

Format

full length

Three Little Words: A Memoir

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