The Warden's Daughter

The Warden's Daughter

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From Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli (Maniac Magee, Stargirl) comes the "moving and memorable" (Kirkus Reviews, starred) story of a girl searching for happiness inside the walls of a prison.   Cammie O'Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison--not as a prisoner, she's the warden's daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women's excercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends.  But even though Cammie's free to leave the prison, she's still stuck. And sad, and really mad. Her mother died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. You wouldn't think you could miss something you never had, but on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, the thing Cammie most wants is a mom. A prison might not be the best place to search for a mother, but Cammie is determined and she's willing to work with what she's got.   "Jerry Spinelli again proves why he's the king of storytellers" (Shelf Awarenss, starred) in this tale of a girl who learns that heroes can come in surprising disguises, and that even if we don't always get what we want, sometimes we really do get what we need.   Praise for the works of Jerry Spinelli:   zSpinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.y —The New York Times   zIt's almost unreal how much the children's book still resonates.y — on Maniac Magee
Publisher: [S.l.] : Random House Children's Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780553494631
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library


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forbesrachel Aug 19, 2017

Cammie is the warden's daughter. To many, her home above the local jail is just about the coolest place around. Cammie herself enjoys her home and life, but she also realizes that something is not quite right with her. For one, she desperately wants a mother figure in her life, because her's died in an accident when she was a baby. This tomboyish, headstrong girl is not the type to wait, so she decides to trick the trustee/inmate Eloda into fitting the role. Things don't go as she planned though, and other events don't help. Cammie doesn't realize how much her unresolved issues have affected her. She is lost, and before the summer is out, her need for attention and resolution becomes worse. You really feel for Cammie as her walls come down; because she is so strong it took years for this to happen, so a lot of anger and sadness and frustration at the unanswerable questions were pent up behind them. Like Cammie, we believe that there is no one there for her. Her father is mostly absent, Eloda is aloof, and the others in her life flit in and out. Spinelli wrote the book this way intentionally. The reveal as to why, is a real wake-up call. The Warden's Daughter is a superbly written juvenile book that can pull at your heartstrings. The character of Cammie is emotionally deep, the notion of "imprisonment" is looked at in several different ways, the 50's setting is a novelty, and it keeps you engaged throughout it's slower character-driven plot.

Jul 30, 2017

In this book, you can discover an entirely different world of Cammie "Cannonball" O'reilly, where it is 1950s, and she is the warden's daughter, living in a hundred year old house. The summer of 1959, Cammie decides she needs a mother. Living as the warden's daughter, some of the candidates are, obviously, inmates. There is an arsonist named Eloda, who serves them as a trustee, or a maid. Another choice would be Boo Boo, a big, flamboyant shoplifter, who is almost Cammie's best friend. Jerry Spinelli never disappoints readers at the end, always giving a satisfying ending, pleasing readers.

AL_MICHELEW Jun 24, 2017

This story takes you to a different place and time. Cammie's feelings and actions jump off the pages and make you feel as though you were there that summer. An engaging, sometimes suspenseful tale.

Mar 30, 2017

If you can make it to the end of this book, you will be rewarded with surprise twists and neatly completed puzzle pieces. Jerry Spinelli is known for his rich characters, and readers will be satisfied with the well-rounded ending. Unfortunately, you have to wade through nearly 300 pages with a slow and less than compelling plot line, and some very unlikeable (annoying) characters. Skip this one.

Mar 25, 2017

Spinelli has another hit with this book. It would be a good companion to read with Al Capone Does My Shirts.


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Jul 30, 2017

Some kids had tree houses. Some kids had hideouts. I had the Tower of Death.

Jul 29, 2017

I was the warden's daughter


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red_cat_9867 Aug 03, 2017

red_cat_9867 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Violence: Because the setting is in a prison, there is talk of dark subjects. There are murderers within the jail and at one point a child’s body is discovered (murdered by someone who eventually becomes an inmate). The book also talks about the noose and someone does hang them self.


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