"Readers will likely warm up to this appealing novel's perceptive, independent-minded title character." Publishers Weekly

"A warmhearted tale of a self-possessed girl who is determined to make life better for her parents." School Library Journal

"The combination of cozy and challenging elements will make this a good fit for many young readers." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Literature

The Girl with 500 Names

Margaret Peterson
Simon & Schuster / 2001


It's hard enough being the new kid in school. It's even tougher when all of your new classmates live in big houses and wear expensive clothes, while your parents have little and are risking everything just to give you a chance at a better life.

Now Janie's about to do something that will make her stand out even more among the rich kids at Satterthwaite School. Something that will have everyone wondering just who Janie Sams really is. And something that will mean totally unexpected changes for Janie and her family.

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