Pine Island Home

Pine Island Home

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"The McCready sisters -- Fiona, Marlin, Natasha and Charlie -- are left on their own when their missionary parents die and leave them in Borneo. When no immediate aunt or uncle steps forward to take them on, they start fearing they will be separated in foster care. Luckily, a great aunt Martha (whom they've never met) says they can live with her, on Pine Island in British Columbia. Unfortunately, when they get there, they learn that she has passed away unexpectedly. Fiona, the oldest at 14, is resolved that they stay together, and comes up with a plan to force their loner, cantankerous neighbor, Al, to pretend to be their guardian, bribing him with home-cooked food. But can they fool the principal of their new school, as well as the lawyer and social services?"--
Publisher: [Toronto, ON] :, Puffin Canada,, 2020
ISBN: 9780735268623
Branch Call Number: KIDS HOR
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 22 cm

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darladoodles
Nov 01, 2020

Four orphans are sent to a remote area of British Columbia to live with a great aunt, but when they get there she has just passed away. This book had a bit of a Little Women vibe to it as well as some Penderwicks flavor. Fiona, Marlin, Natasha, and Charlie each put their own unique stamp on the family. I loved all of them so much and was rooting for them to be able to stay together. The girls need a guardian pronto. Will it be the cranky neighbor in the trailer? What about the high school principal who was once homeless herself? Will Fiona be able to keep up with bills and other paperwork and avoid interference by social services? Although we don't meet Aunt Martha in person, we learn some neat things about her through the people who knew her and miss her. Unfortunately, for me there seem to be some loose ends that just weren't tied up in a way that made sense. You left me hanging, Polly Horvath. Hopefully the girls will be back in a second book?

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