I'll Sing You One-O
By Nan Gregory
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618607082, 224pp.)
Publication Date: August 2006
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Twelve-year-old Gemma doesn’t know where to turn. She is being adopted by relatives she didn’t know she had. The foster family she has loved all her life is breaking up. The farm where they’ve lived is being sold. Gemma needs to fix things fastif she can only figure out how.
Now she has found the solution: she’ll get herself an angel. Her increasingly desperate efforts to earn one, by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, lead her to a confrontation with her painfully mysterious past, and ultimately to an understanding with her new family that holds out hope for them all.
This engrossing novel offers a fresh and winning portrait of a quirky heroine with a unique voice, a passionate heart, a mission to accomplish, and the kind of offbeat logic that can cause even the most careful plans to go awry.
Nan Gregory lives in Canada. She has written three picture book texts that received Canadian awards, including the 2000 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for text. This is her first novel.
"A unique voice, and fresh, beautifully written story." Kirkus Reviews
"Gregory's first novel is funny, poignant, and ultimately bittersweet." KLIATT
"Readers will be drawn to Gemma...to the very end of this impressive first novel." Booklist, ALA
"Achingly real." School Library Journal, Starred
"A solid drama touched with some effective originality." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The resolution of [Gemma's] past and the ultimate union with her new family seem earned." Horn Book Guide, Pointer