Monday, August 27, 2007

Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

I recommend this book for: grades 4 and up

This book was as beautiful as the cover - I love those dandelions! The narrative is composed of 7th grader Josie's poems, beginning at winter break and ending the following autumn. Some of the many topics covered are living with cerebral palsy and being an outcast at school, life on her grandmother's farm where she is constantly surrounded by growing things, her busy student mother, and Jordan - a new neighbor who is facinated by science and treats Josie like a friend, something she's never experienced before. The poems are bursting with life, just like Granny's garden, and all of the beauty and heartache of Josie's life is honestly portrayed. As her family relationships and her new friendship with Jordan change and grow, Josie blooms. This book would be great for reluctant readers because of the length (I finished it in about half an hour), fans of poetry, and special needs kids/teens, but I can see many readers enjoying the different levels of this inspiring story.

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