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LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE AND THE GILA MONSTER GANG by Harold Gray
A story based on the famous newspaper strip.
First Line: "Little Orphan Annie sat down wearily on a big stone at the side of the little mountain road, dropping down beside her the big bandanna handkerchief which held her few possessions."
End Line: "So, busily planning ahead to a far-off time when she could return, she went back, for the short time she was sure was left, to the little white house that in a few days more than a week had come as close to being a home as any place she had ever been, and to the kindly white-haired man whom she had come to regard as her very own uncle."
That was one long sentence to type and to read. I read this book in grade school and still get an weird independent feeling, in my gut, each time I read the first chapter. You would think I would feel sad or lost. Nope.
It's awesome how rereading old friends takes you back to good old feelings.
(I changed my mind and decided to use Little Orphan Annie instead of another of my short stories.)