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Free Verse
by Sarah Dooley


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A moving, bittersweet tale reminiscent of Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons set in a West Virginia coal-mining town

When her brother dies in a fire, Sasha Harless has no one left, and nowhere to turn. After her father died in the mines and her mother ran off, he was her last caretaker.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A moving, bittersweet tale reminiscent of Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons set in a West Virginia coal-mining town

When her brother dies in a fire, Sasha Harless has no one left, and nowhere to turn. After her father died in the mines and her mother ran off, he was her last caretaker. They'd always dreamed of leaving Caboose, West Virginia together someday, but instead she's in foster care, feeling more stuck and broken than ever.
But then Sasha discovers family she didn't know she had, and she finally has something to hold onto, especially sweet little Mikey, who's just as broken as she is. Sasha even makes her first friend at school, and is slowly learning to cope with her brother's death through writing poetry, finding a new way to express herself when spoken words just won't do. But when tragedy strikes the mine her cousin works in, Sasha fears the worst and takes Mikey and runs, with no plans to return. In this sensitive and poignant portrayal, Sarah Dooley shows us that life, like poetry, doesn't always take the form you intend.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399165030
  • ISBN-10: 0399165037
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 352
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Alternative Family
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-02-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Dooley (Body of Water) brings to life the hardscrabble existence of residents in the fictional town of Caboose, W. Va., through the eyes of 12-year old Sasha, as she adjusts to living with her new foster mother, Phyllis. Sasha’s matter-of-fact narration belies her anguish at repeated losses: her mother’s disappearance and the deaths of her coalminer father and firefighter brother. Stressful events (Phyllis singing Sasha’s mother’s song, a school bully’s teasing) trigger violent or disassociated responses, which Sasha can’t remember (“There’s this thing that happens sometimes”) or which compel her to run away. While Sasha feels pressed to fulfill her brother’s wish that she escape Caboose, her discovery of cousins next door presents her with the daunting awareness of more people to love (or to lose) and her power to make choices. A 60+ page section of Sasha’s poetry powerfully reveals how she uses poetic forms like haiku, quatrains, and epistles to express overwhelming feelings. In this gripping story, Dooley balances a clear-eyed depiction of families wrestling with addiction, financial stress, and trauma with the astonishing resilience of children and the human capacity for love. Ages 10–up. Agency: Laura Langlie Literary Agency. (Mar.)

 
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