Leo and the Lesser Lion
By Sandra Forrester
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375856167, 304pp.)
Publication Date: August 11, 2009
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A heartwarming family story set during the Depression that reads like a classic.
Everyone's been down on their luck since the Depression hit. But as long as Mary Bayliss Pettigrew has her beloved older brother, Leo, to pull pranks with, even the hardest times can be fun. Then one day, there’s a terrible accident, and when Bayliss wakes up afterward, she must face the heartbreaking prospect of life without Leo.
And that’s when her parents break the news: they’re going to be fostering two homeless little girls, and Bayliss can’t bear the thought of anyone taking Leo’s place. But opening her heart to these weary travelers might just be the key to rebuilding her grieving family.
Sandra Forrester is the author of several historical fiction novels and is also the author of the Beatrice Bailey Magical Adventure series. She has a master’s degree in library and information studies and lives in Alabama. This is her first novel for Knopf.
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, December 2009:
“This is a friendly book of considerable likability and genuineness, and readers will find Bayliss lively company.”