Amen McBee, the youngest of five sisters, gobbles up words the way other children gobble up sweets. She couldn't be more different from her elder twin sisters Arabella and Annabella-called the Bellas. The mischievous Bellas constantly frighten Amen with stories of Mr. Tominski-the old recluse who lives in the woods nearby and mysteriously tends to a flock of doves. The Bellas insist that Mr. Tominski is a dangerous bogeyman who eats children whole, but Papa vows that the "keeper of the doves" wouldn't hurt a soul. When tragedy strikes the family Amen must decide once and for all who is right.
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by Katherine Paterson
"Amid elegant surroundings, Amen McBee tries to sort out her life: her four sisters whose names all start with "A"--Abigail, Augusta, Arabella, and Anabella--her prudish Aunt Pauline, and a mysterious man, Mr. Tominski, who lives on their estate, The Willows. Cassandra Campbell presents the innocent, but wiser-than-her years, Amen eloquently and matches the mood of this bygone era. Soft and gentle is the story, and so is the presentation. Set at the turn of the century, the novel makes listeners yearn for ice-cold lemonade on the veranda and the scent forsythia on the breeze. Not a bit didactic, the story delivers a powerful message concerning thoughtless words and unintended consequences. D.L.M. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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