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Keeper of the Doves

Authors: Byars, Betsy
Lexile: 590,
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
BISAC/Subject: JUV039140, JUV039060, JUV014000
ISBN: 9781101176726, Related ISBNs: 0142400637, 030728266X, 0670035769, 0739336010, 073935342X
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 128,
Audience: Children/juvenile
Synopsis: 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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