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Ellen Foster – Plot Overview

After her mother commits suicide by overdosing on her medication, eleven- year-old Ellen, the title character and narrator of the book, must find herself a loving home and family to take her in. Immediately after her mothers death, Ellen endures repeated physical, psychological, and sexual abuse by her alcoholic father and, because of her fathers …

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Ellen Foster – Chapter 5

Summary After her mothers funeral, the undertaker drives Ellen and her father home. Immediately afterward, Ellens father takes his keys, drives off in his truck, and does not return until the following night. Ellen stays home and eats the food that the women from the church have made for her and her father. She does …

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Ellen Foster – Chapter 6

Summary Ellen goes over Starlettas house, which Ellen describes as somewhat of a shack—a dirty place with no toilet and no television. However, Ellen hints that Starletta and her family live better than the colored families nearby, who, so she hears, live fifteen people to a house and eat their meals off of music records …

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Ellen Foster – Chapter 9

Summary During naptime one afternoon, Ellens father arrives at the school and demands that Ellen surrender herself to him. He stands in the parking lot shouting and waving an envelope of money with which to bribe her. Ellen notices that he has parked his truck in a flowerbed that the “special handicapped children” have planted. …

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Ellen Foster – Chapter 11

Summary Ellen pieces together the mystery of her grandmothers relationship to Rudolph and Ellis and discovers that she has been paying the men to report on Ellens and her fathers lives. Ellen learns that eventually, Ellis had died and left Rudolph to do the job on his own. Rudolph inaccurately tells Ellens grandmother that Ellen …

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Ellen Foster – Chapter 13

Summary When she finds her grandmother dead, Ellen immediately calls the undertaker, and then Nadine and Betsy, who sound put out that their mother has died so close to the busy Christmas holiday. Nadine comes over right away, and when she sees the frame of fake flowers that Ellen has strewn around her grandmother, she …

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