Willow and TwigBook - 2001
Ten-year-old Willow lives with her four-year-old brother Twig. They are in the care of their mother, since neither of their fathers have stuck around to raise them. When their mother breaks her parole and takes off, they are left in the care of Maisie. Unfortunately Maisie suddenly dies, and the two find themselves alone in the city.
With no one left to look after them in the city where they were born, they are sent to live with Willow's grandmother, a writer, in her house called Stonecrop. From the rough streets of Vancouver, the children must adjust to a rural setting in Ontario, and the ways of their grandmother.
Both heartbreakingly real and honestly inspiring, the story of Willow and Twig reverberates with the realities of growing up alone and unwanted, learning to be proud of who you are and having the courage to find out where it is that you truly belong.
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"Ten-year-old Willow and her younger, emotionally disturbed brother ,Twig are like "nobody's children." Abandoned by their drug-addicted mother, Angel, they become homeless and their temporary caretaker suddenly dies. The terrified kids end up at the Vancouver police station and Willow finally call her grandmother, who Willow believed had disowned Angel and her Grandmother welcomes the children with delight, and with the help of an uncle, the children travel to the family farm near Toronto to begin their new life. A moving, ultimately hopeful story about abandonment and rescue." (Novelist Review)
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