White Oleander

Title

White Oleander

Authors

Janet Fitch

Publisher

Little, Brown and Company

Publication Year

2000

ISBN

9780316284950

Pages

480 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When Ingrid, a brilliant but obsessed poet, is sent to prison for murder, her only child Astrid must find a place for herself as she journeys through a series of foster homes. With determination and humor, Astrid confronts the challenges of loneliness and poverty, and strives to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can become.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Single parent; Divorce; Foster care; Incarceration; Family violence; single mother; divorced parents; foster parents; foster siblings; foster family; children's home; mother in jail; prison; sexual abuse; abusive foster mothers

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother; foster mothers and fathers

Keywords

mothers and daughters; murder; poetry; shelfishness; religion; pedophilia; California; multiple homes; school; coming of age; foster care system

Diversity Impact

direct

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