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Where I'd Like to Be


Where I'd Like to Be

What would you think if you were told that a ghost saved your life when you were an infant? Well, that's what Maddie's Granny Lane claims. Now 12, Maddie is living at the East Tennessee Children's Home, so she tries to feel as if she's special. It's difficult, however, when you have been sent to different foster homes your whole life. She wants a home so badly that she makes a "book of houses," in which she gathers pictures of houses --- houses where she longs to live someday.

One day, a new girl named Murphy comes to live at the East Tennessee Children's Home. Her mind is filled with magical tales about exotic travels, being able to fly, and boys who recite poetry to horses. Maddie is captivated, and they become really good friends. Then one day, while Ricky Ray, Maddie's friend, is visiting her, Maddie lets her guard down and decides to show Murphy her precious scrapbook. Murphy eventually comes up with an idea to build a fort.

With the help of a girl in Maddie's dorm, Ricky Ray, Maddie, Murphy, and her friend Logan start building a fort. When it's complete, they start spending a lot of time there looking at Maddie's scrapbook of houses and telling stories. Sounds great, right? Well, things begin to change when Murphy starts spending less time at the fort and everybody begins talking about her. The situation becomes worse when Murphy shows Maddie's scrapbook to everybody at school! When Maddie finds out about it, Murphy convinces her to bury it. When Maddie's friends find out, they become angry and stop talking to her. Can Maddie's friendships be saved? Will Maddie find a home?

I liked this book because it reminded me that you cannot always trust your friends. If I were Maddie, I would have buried the scrapbook too, because I would have been haunted by the unpleasant memories and too embarrassed to look at it. What would you have done? If you like reading books about family and friendships, read this one to find out what happens to Maddie and her friends!

Reviewed by Ashley Hartlaub on April 1, 2003

Where I'd Like to Be
by Frances O'Roark Dowell

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2003
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • ISBN-10: 0689844204
  • ISBN-13: 9780689844201