Baby of the Family by Tina Mcelroy AnsaBaby of the Family by Tina Mcelroy Ansa

Baby of the Family

byTina Mcelroy Ansa

Paperback | February 1, 2001

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An evocative, delicately comic story of a girl's coming of age. From the moment of her birth in a rural black hospital in Georgia, Lena McPherson is recognized as a special child, with the power to see ghosts and predict the future. Named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

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Tina McElroy Ansa is the author of Baby of the Family, The Hand I Fan With, and You Know Better. A frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she can be seen on the CBS News Sunday Morning segment Postcards from Georgia." She lives with her husband on St. Simons Island, Georgia. "
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Title:Baby of the FamilyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0156101505

ISBN - 13:9780156101509

Appropriate for ages: 14

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The New York Times Book Review's Notable Book of the Yearhild at the moment of her birth, with the power to see ghosts and predict the future. But only one nurse knows the spells to ensure that Lena will see good ghosts, not evil ones

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YA-- A coming-of-age novel with ethnic and supernatural threads that weave reality with the mystical. Born in Georgia in the late 1950s, Lena McPherson was special at birth--she was born with a caul or veil over her face, indicating the presence of magical and psychic powers. Young adults are sure to relate to Lena as she grows up with her family, her peers, and the other adults who frequent her parents' successful bar and liquor store business. Besides the human characters, Lena also learns to deal with apparitions that only she can see, such as Rachel, a young slave who gives Lena insight into what slavery was like and the emotional effects it had on the individual. Ansa's dialogue is realistic, and her characters are colorful. The supernatural elements are well blended into the novel, adding to the richness of the fiction.- Krystal K. Irven, Willowridge High School, Sugarland, TX