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That’s One Ornery Orphan by Patricia Beatty
Another spirited girl takes centre stage in award-winning author Patricia Beatty’s novel of 1880’s Texas.
When Mr. Gipson delivered fast-talking Hallie Lee Baker to the Blanco County orphanage, he hopes she soon will be adopted by a respectable family. Callie wants to be “picked,” too, but not by a hated sodbuster, and she decides to waggle her way out of such an awful fate. Her attempts lead her to an assortment of foster parents: Preacher Spiller, a not-so-Christian sinister, and his pill-popping sister, Tinie; Doc Wiley and his wife, where Hallie’s purported expertise with babies gets her into trouble; and Ada Lillibridge, a flamboyant and temperamental actress whose scandalous ways shock even our open-minded heroine. After this encounter, Hallie despairs of ever finding a loving home and voluntarily returns to the orphanage, where by now the director has become a true friend.
This fast-moving tale with a happy ending is laced with the broad humour Beatty readers enjoy so much.