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Three Little Words: A Memoir

Title

Three Little Words: A Memoir

Publisher

Atheneum

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9781416948063

Pages

304 pages

Genre

nonfiction

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

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

Topic

Family Relationships; Foster care; foster child; foster homes

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

foster families

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
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Keywords

abuse; memories; caseworkers; schools

Diversity Impact

direct

Three Little Words: A Memoir

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