White Oleander

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Corrected entry: When Astrid moves to Amelia's foster home, the girls are all hungry because they only get fed dinner. Astrid has to beg for change to call social services. But why couldn't any of the girls get a job so they could have their own money to buy food? Among the six girls in the house, this doesn't occur to any of them. And an even bigger hole - why does Astrid have to beg for change to call? Couldn't she just use the phone in the office at school?

Correction: These are character mistakes, not plot holes.




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