Her Own Song

Her Own Song When her adoptive father is hospitalized after an accident Mellie is befriended by Geem Wah owner of a Chinese laundry who holds the key to the events surrounding Mellie s birth eleven years ago

  • Title: Her Own Song
  • Author: Ellen Howard
  • ISBN: 9780689314445
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When her adoptive father is hospitalized after an accident, Mellie is befriended by Geem Wah, owner of a Chinese laundry, who holds the key to the events surrounding Mellie s birth eleven years ago.

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      Published :2019-05-20T06:12:03+00:00

    About “Ellen Howard”

    1. Ellen Howard

      Children sometimes ask, Do you write about your own life I have to answer that I do not The reason is simple My own life is boring Yet I would not trade it for anyone else s.I grew up in a large and loving family parents, grandparents, and three children all under the same roof, a big white house in Portland, Oregon At school, I was able, but not brilliant I liked to draw I liked to play pretend I liked dolls, too, right through eighth grade, and only fear of what others would say made me give them up then.Most of all, I loved to read And I dreamed of a time when, a grown up married lady with thirteen children, I would write books.But childhood dreams have a way of getting lost It was not until I was in my mid thirties, after marriage, a child, divorce, and remarriage, that I was able to complete college By then, my family included not only my daughter Beth, but my husband s daughters, Cynthia, Laurie, and Shaley.It was in college that an important thing happened I rediscovered stories and remembered my dream of writing them My first published book was a story for children CIRCLE OF GIVING, 1984.Since then, our daughters have grown up Now we have seven grandchildren I work at home, writing I speak at schools I teach writing I give speeches to teachers, librarians, and others But most of the time, I am at home, gardening, cooking, washing, and ironing and writing.I know my life sounds boring, but for me it is filled with all the adventure, excitement and drama I can find and make in books To me it is the best kind of life

    444 thoughts on “Her Own Song”

    1. An adopted white girl learns of her connection to a Chinese family in a time when whites and Chinese did not intermingle. This was a lovely story with a strong and like-able young heroine.


    2. After listening to the lecture at the summer residency, EUROCENTRISM IN LITERATURE SET IN CHINA: IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON by Larissa Theule, I wanted to read Her Own Song because Asian culture in America is one of its themes. I did not agree with Theule’s hypothesis that there is a predominance within present-day Western literature written about, in, or around China of Eurocentrism, nor her advice that any Westerner not even try her hand at setting a piece within Chinese culture, especially afte [...]


    3. Her own song is written by Ellen Howard. It i a very strange book, I have to admit. The main ccharacter Mellieis a young girl who was adopted by her Aunt Estie and Papa. In her town people dont like chinese people. But one day while during her aunt's holiday her papa gets hurt in a factory accident. Her only hope is to get help from the laundry man ( who is chineas ), Geem-Wah. While this adventure is happening Mellie finds out who she really is and her whole world is changed. The story is told [...]


    4. gr 5-7 160pgs1905 Portland, Oregon. For 11 year old Millie, an orphan, her past has always been a mystery. When her father is injured at work, Millie is left on her own. When the laundryman offers to help her, Millie accepts. As she talks with him, Millie realizes that Geem-Wah seems to know her and calls her Mei-Li. How is this possible, could Geem-Wah know some secret about her past?A great mystery story. According to the author, based on a true story. I would recommend this story to readers w [...]






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