ABOUT THE BOOK
Maddie lives in the East Tennessee Children's Home. Ricky Ray, age six, is her special friend. Then Murphy, a new girl, comes to the home telling wonderful stories about her previous life. Maddie doesn't know whether to believe them but enjoys them anyway. Maddie makes scrapbooks of houses, houses cut from magazines, houses where she'd like to live. The children build a fort with the help and in the yard of Logan, who has a home and a family. The children make scrapbooks and weave stories about how they would like their lives to be. THEMES
Adoption; Orphans and foster children; Friendship; Imagination. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Why do you think Murphy tells such stories about herself?
Do you think Penny Korda will adopt Maddie and Ricky?
Why did Maddie bury the books? What was the symbolism?
Maddie was judging the other children by her first impressions. Why can that sometimes be wrong?
How did Logan's mother change during the story? ACTIVITIES
Start a scrapbook of your favorite things -- faces, clothes, toys, etc.
Draw a map of what you think the fort looks like. Where are the doors, windows, and furniture?
Maddie collects pictures of houses to decide which one she wants for herself. What would your ideal home be like? Draw a picture or write a description.
Read some other books about foster children, such