Picks and Pans Review: The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

updated 01/19/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/19/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Tiffany Baker

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Consigned to a remote farm after she's orphaned at age 12, Truly Plaice—whose huge girth repulses her rural New York neighbors—later becomes caregiver to the town doctor's only son. It's in cruel Dr. Morgan's home that she reverses her fortunes, cleverly decoding a quilt embroidered by a 19th-century witch. Truly's complicity in her own mistreatment is hard to sympathize with, but her newfound powers inspire hope for her future.

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