Just an Overnight Guest
by Eleanora E. Tate
Publication Date: Apr 01, 1997
List Price: $7.95 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 171
Imprint: Just Us Books
Publisher: Just Us Books, Inc.
Parent Company: Just Us Books, Inc.
When Ethel’s mother goes away, Margie Carson’s mother decides to let Ethel stay with them, just for one night. But one night turns into many and Margie doesn’t know what to do. Margie thinks Ethel is trying to steal her parents’ attention, and she has had it. Enough is enough!
Originally published in 1980, Just an Overnight Guest is a touching story about a family that takes in an abused young girl on a temporary basis and, after a long ordeal, decides to make her a permanent part of their lives.
An insightful story about the problems of abused children and also about African American family life, Just an Overnight Guest teaches children about sharing, compassion and responsibility. It also encourages a positive attitude toward foster care and adoption, and spreads awareness of the problems and needs of homeless children.
In 1983, this book was adapted into a 38 minute film, staring Richard Roundtree, of Shaft fame and Rosalind Cash.