Written by Joan Givner, "Ellen’s Book of Life" is part of the Ellen Fremendon book series. This particular book is the fourth installment in the series. The book focuses on a girl named Ellen who finds a letter that her deceased mother had left for her before she passed away. Ellen was far away from her mother when she died and completely shut out all friends and family members. Ellen tried to deal with the loss of her mother without any type of emotional support. After Ellen finds the letter, she receives clues that lead Ellen to her birth mother. Ellen had known that she was adopted, but never had the resources to locate her birth mother. In the end, Ellen reunites with her biological mother, which ultimately helps her cope with the loss of her mother who had passed away.