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The Rhyming Season

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Brenda Jacobsen comes from a family of tall people. In the small logging town of Hemlock, Washington, being tall makes you better at trimming the high spots on trees or at playing basketball. Brenda’s life has always revolved around basketball, particularly the career of her older brother, Benny, the town’s rising star. But Benny died in a car accident l ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 12th 2005 by Clarion Books
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Mar 17, 2014 Jada rated it liked it
The main character of this story is Brenda Jacobson. Her family is very tall and great at basketball. They live in a small town called Hemlock in Washington. Brenda had a brother,Benny,who was a senior and great basketball player. Somehow one night he drove home and mysteriously died. Everyone in the town was heartbroken for this loss. Brenda's father took it very hard and was never the same. Brenda now feels in the shadow now that her brother is gone. She is trying to be the best she can be jus ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Kaci rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. What I think is relevant for teenagers is how it deals with change. The logging mill in their small Washington town has shut down. All fathers and some mothers are out of work. The boys bball team has always dominated, this year its the girls turn. All five starters are seniors. They are nervous about what the next year will bring and what it will mean to their families. The main character is dealing with the death of her brother and her father going into depression aft ...more
Jun 05, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It's set in a small logging town in southwestern Washington, and it's about trees, poets, and young women figuring out who they are. WHAT WOULD I POSSIBLY NOT LIKE ABOUT IT. Brenda is still reeling from the death of her brother, basketball star and town darling Benny, one year ago. She plays basketball to drown out her feelings; her fear of what comes after her senior year, her uncertainty about her parents' relationship in the wake of their tragedy, and her cluelessness about ...more
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Jan 19, 2013 Mrs W rated it really liked it
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Her junior year, Brenda is a key player on the girls’ team, but the true star of the school, and her family, is her brother Benny, a senior on the boys’ team. When he is killed in a car crash, the strain threatens to tear her family apart. Now, as her senior year is about to begin, things are getting worse: the lumber mill closes, leaving most of Hemlock unemployed, and her beloved basketball coach accepts a college level job, leaving the team with the crazy English teacher who believes the team ...more
Jun 07, 2010 Katy rated it liked it
I found this YA book at the library, and as it was about a girl's high school basketball team, decided it would be great fun! The basketball was fun, but more than anything this book reminded me of what it felt like to be a senior in high school and how much you want things not to change while being excited about the change at the same time. It captured that emotion really well.
Jon Cox
Jun 14, 2009 Jon Cox rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, romance
This is a pretty good story of growing up and learning to deal with hard things in life. It's woven around a framework of a pretty typical sports story, but it's written well enough that the story doesn't focus on the cliche aspects, rather on the more interesting individual character development, which rescues it from the monotony of sports stories.
Sep 27, 2013 Corriena rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl who comes from a tall family, plays basketball, and wants to win state championships. What i liked about the book was that even though after her brother had died she she never gave up her legacy ,to win state championships. I would recommend this book to people who likes basketball, Poems, and real-life stories.
Heather Clark
Jun 29, 2007 Heather Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
I enjoyed the poetry. It wasn't in my favorites of all-time, but the characters were loveable and believeable. I enjoyed the youth coming of age as her town goes under and she has to make a future for herself theme. Not too heavy, but meaningful.
Jul 27, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the small town, girls' basketball team, and smart observations about life. I also loved how the problems in this book were not easily fixed.
Apr 14, 2008 Aasha rated it really liked it
this was a really good book, recommended for anyone who likes real life stories, and basketball and poems its a great book for anyone.
Feb 22, 2011 Me rated it did not like it
i quit halfway through this one i didnt really like it
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I was born in the Pacific Northwest, in southwestern Washington State, but we moved around a lot when I was young. My father had migrated from the Oklahoma dustbowl to California in the 1930s, and migration never seemed to leave his blood. Adjusting to new schools, sometimes a few a year, was hard.

Reading got me through and became a passion. I gobbled up The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings,
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