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"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 hen 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." --
Publisher: New York, NY :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, 2016
ISBN: 9780399165030
Characteristics: 335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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JCLChrisK Dec 21, 2017

A story of bleak circumstances shared just obliquely enough to remain tolerable in the telling, with a protagonist so overwhelmed by grief she can't find any way to voice her feelings except for running away, until, gradually, believably, with enough love and support, she can. Equally painful and hopeful.


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JCLChrisK Dec 21, 2017

I'm writing haiku. Not for English class but just because. It turns out swearing off poetry doesn't work the way swearing off lima beans does. I swore off lima beans in third grade and it worked. I swore off poetry less than a week ago and here I am.


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