Where I'd Like to Be (Aladdin Fiction) (Paperback)

By Frances O'Roark Dowell

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9780689870675, 232pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2004

List Price: 7.99*
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A ghost saved twelve-year-old Maddie's life when she was an infant, her Granny Lane claims, so Maddie must always remember that she is special. But it's hard to feel special when you've spent your life shuffled from one foster home to another. And now that she's at the East Tennessee Children's Home, Maddie feels even less special.
She longs for a place to call home. She even has a "book of houses" in which she glues pictures of places she'd like to live. Then one day, a new girl, Murphy, shows up at the Home armed with tales about exotic travels, being able tot fly, and boys who recite poetry to wild horses. When Murphy offers Maddie something she has never had before, Maddie begins to wonder if she has finally found someone who feels like home.

Praise For Where I'd Like to Be (Aladdin Fiction)

* "A lovely, quietly bittersweet tale of friendship and family."

"A celebration of friendship and of the healing powers of the imagination."

"Unique and memorable."

"A choice read aloud. Tough issues, difficult situations, engaging characters, and a tentative ending provide ample discussion possibilities."