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Keesha's House

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,414 ratings  ·  227 reviews
An unforgettable narrative collage told in poems

Keesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can’t make it on their own. They are Stephie – pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about; Jason – Stephie’s boyfriend, torn between his responsibility to Stephie and the baby and the promise of
Paperback, 116 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published April 2nd 2003)
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Idris Reed
I read this book and almost cried when I got finished. I was very angry that it wasn't longer, so shame on you Helen Frost. Like really WHY write a good book if its not going to be long. I really really really liked this book and when I was finished I was like are you serious what the F word author. Ha ha now that I am done ranting lets talk about this book. As soon as I opened this short read I was geeking heavy. I like books with alot of drama and things like that. It really pisses me off thou ...more
Sara Butts
I would love to use this book with students. Frost writes poetry that flows so well that you don't realize it's poetry. I think my students could relate to some of the subject matter. I like the use of sextets, sonnets, and other poetry forms.
This is a story written in poetic form about a group of teenagers struggling with various things. Some have experienced abuse. Some have experienced the harsh realities of home life. Some have had to grow up too fast. But all of them are struggling in some way, shape, or form. Although their struggles are different, their common bond is this place known as Keesha's House. It's a place they can go to escape the bad and feel safe. It is the one thing that happens to bring them all together in thei ...more
Liza Centeio
Elizabeth Centeio December , 5 , 2008

Keesha’s House. That’s the book I just finished reading. The outstanding author that wrote this book is Helen Frost. The genre is fiction but feels like reality. The theme of this book is that there’s always a person you can count on and lift you up when your going through a difficult time.
There’s more to this book than just six people living together in a home. It gets deeper than that. It tells a life lesson about these six young teenagers trying to get t
Reading Keesha's House should be a prerequisite for calling yourself a human being. Each person, each poem, is a treasure. Frost takes us into the pain and love of teen characters to whom life has not been kind. Some have failed themselves, but overwhelmingly, they have been failed by adults whose moral obligation to care for them they seem to have overlooked, or been too cowardly to meet.

Interestingly, none of these teens suffer from mental illness or physical or mental disabilities. All hail f
Kemry Johnakin
Through Keesha's House, author Helen Frost shows multiple sides to many stories that all seem to intertwine. Teen pregnancy, death, loss, and being scared of where you live - Is there a safe place somewhere out there? Keesha has a place for you and you can stay as long as you need. Many social problems are address in this book that is written in the form of multiple poems. With these characters the reader learns to look at situations from many ways and to try and accept people, putting their pro ...more
Kaikam Yao
I read a book ‘Keesha’s house’ by Helen Frost. This book received Michael L. Printz Honor Award in 2004. This book is about 6 teenagers are having different trouble or worry in their life, so they go to Keesha’s house since it a place where can escape trouble and fell safety.

Keesha’s house have six main character, they all live in Keesha’s house by different reasons. I think the writer want to show us teenager’s always make wrong decision during they in adolescence, because it a transition peri
The book Keesha's House is about six young teens that have difficulties in their lives. One of the teens is named Keesha Walker, she found a house were a lot of people can go if there is no place else. I really enjoyed this booked because all of the peolple lead such different lives, yet, they are all connected in one way, that is Keesha's house. I would recommend this to readers, because the author, Helen Frost, holds your attention and never lets go.
Becky Welch
Keesha's house is a collection of stories told through poetry about five kids who find shelter at a single house. Despite being owned by a guy named Joe, most people know that a girl named Keesha lives there and has an open policy for anyone who doesn't have a place to go. Stephanie is pregnant and doesn't know what to do with herself while her basketball star of a boyfriend is too focused on his career to help her. Dontay feels unwanted by his foster family and Carmen is stuck in jail because o ...more
Kim Busby
In the book Keesha's House , the main character, Keesha, is more than a teenager; she acts like an adult, and she is generous, kind and supportive. The other characters are Katie, Harris, Dontay, Jason, Carmen, Stephie, and Tobias, teenagers who work hard to meet their basic needs. The teenagers who are at Keesha's house have a common situation in their lives; they are neglected by their parents. They spend time at Keesha's house, the only place they trust. Even though there are some conflicts t ...more
Lulu Isabelle
This book was short and sweet. It's the stories of a handful of teenagers, each with their own demons and reasons to run away from home, told in beautiful poems.

I liked it, but it left me feeling little, even though it delt with potentially moving topics. I thought it was well done, but I think if it had been longer I would have gotten attached to the characters more. Though I think the poem formats were really cool (the rhyme schemes used and the way words were repeated at the ends of lines wer
what the book was about is that a girl named keesha found a safe house to live in. other kids go there when they can't make it on their own.

I recommend this book because its intresting and it is a very good book.
Dustin Saunders
Keesha's House tells the story of several different High school students told using a series of poems, the various people are going through tough circumstances, such as teen pregnancy, being gay, and not feeling safe at home. Keesh lives in a house where they can come and be safe, they can take a break from the hard judgmental world, and collect themselves, allowing most to cope with their problems better.

Keesha's House is an interesting read, the poetry element gives it some unique character, a
Sean Mcguire
I saw this book in class and just wanted to read it. I am so glad that I was able to find this book. It is so full of stories about these kids who have such difficult lives. I feel that the kids in this book represent teens in the world today. There are so many issue that they have to deal with, and you see it all the time.

I feel that I would offer this book to kids who are having hard times. I would not recommend it to them because of that reason, but because I feel they would understand the s
Excellent!! Inspires me to write about my experience working with amazing foster kids.
Hailey Gregg palagar
Keesha's house follows several high school teenagers. Each teen is struggling with a problem. These problems range from foster care, death, parental abuse, teen pregnancy and so forth. Keesha's house provides a safe place where these teenagers can come together in their time of need.

This was the first book that I read written in prose. It is a quick enjoyable read. I would recommend it for the YA appreciator. It does not delve into the characters on a deep level as there are so many. However it
Coney Zealley
Told in poetry form, this is the story of several kids whose circumstances put them in less than desirable positions. From teen pregnancies, to a gay son whose parents can't accept it, a runaway foster kid, a teen DUI, and most importantly: Keesha.
A story that makes you question your own comforts and the things you take for granted. It's beautifully written and the poems are all in forms, but told in such an expressive way you'd never know. I loved this book. It made you think about the world an
Alison Worrell
Written in verse, Keesha's House follows several teens who go to Keesha's house seeking a safe place from the world. Teen pregnancy, abuse, and coming out are some of the things that the teens are struggling with. Each character has their own unique story and struggle that are still universal.

I am not a fan of poetry, but I'll make an exception for this one. There are several stories with heavy hitting subjects that are united by the safe place Keesha creates. Despite the huge number of characte
Amelia Cornell
Keesha has found a safe place to live and since then her home has become a refuge for other kids who can't make it on their own. Their intertwining stories are told with poems that emulate their struggles and how they overcome their difficulties and life decisions.

I thought this book was alright and was told in a new way. I have never read a book that was written in poems. I think that this book is good for any age and especially for those who are struggling with similar problems as those chara
Drew Nevitt
May 10, 2012 Drew Nevitt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: High school kids
Recommended to Drew by: Donna Soper
Shelves: young-adult-lit
This has been the most fantastic book I've read since Frankenstein or Fahrenheit 451! It's got depth and human emotion, and reality and pain in it! It's crafted beautifully with it's rhyme and meter, and uses images and words that young readers can identify with. I found myself reflecting back to when I was in high school and facing problems, looking to run away and be accepted, or live on the streets. It's dirty, and cold, like sleeping on park bench feels. But the same warmth as a hot shower c ...more
Seven adolescents, each living through their own time of trial and doubt, come together in this beautiful little book. I can't recall the last time I sat down and read a book of poetry from cover to cover in one sitting, but these kids captured my attention and made me listen to their stories. Each is running from their own demons and find refuge in Keesha's house. The language is more ordinary than lyrical, but the forms of traditional poetry (at least according to Miss Keith, my English teach ...more
This book is about several teens that, in one way or another, have gotten into trouble and need a place to stay. They end up at Keesha’s house. Stephie's pregnant, Jason's the father of Stephie's unborn child, Dontay's parents are in prison, Carmen has an alcoholic problem, Harris is gay and disowned by his parents, and Katie is living in a home with an abusive stepfather. They find refuge in Keesha's house. The house belongs to a man named Joe, who once found the house a sanctuary himself when ...more
Keesha's house is one of the best poem novels (I don't know the technical name) I've ever read. The book is written from the perspective of six different teens who are facing real-life problems and trying to cope with issues like abandonment, abuse, teen-pregnancy, and discovering their identity. All of these characters in the book gravitate to a home that's opened to kids/teens that can't make it on their own and need a place to stay in order to get by.

As you get to know these characters and ga
Not my favorite kind of book. It was fun and mind opening, but I like to get more into a story, the plot and characters. But for what was expected of a long poetry story, it delivered. There is a different character speaking on each page and they are all somehow related. Each character has their own problem and for some reason are all connected to Keesha's house, a place where they can feel they are accepted. Whether you are a couple dealing with teen pregnancy, a gay teenager, someone with a ju ...more
Kayna Olsen
This book tells the stories of 7 teenagers who are all experiencing trials relevant to modern teenagers and their interaction with Keesha's house. This house with a large blue front door originally belonged to Joe's aunt Annie. When he was a teenager she took him in and gave him a place to stay without asking questions. After she passed away Joe decided to continue on with the tradition. Keesha ran away from her drunk father and found refuge at Joe's house. As she comes in contact with youth nee ...more
High school is a world of its own filled with happiness, pain, sorrow, excitement, and decisions. Stephie is a young girl, dating the schools star basketball player who’s expecting scholarships and a great college experience. It all seems to go wrong when she finds out she’s pregnant and Jason pushes it off like it’s no big deal and she can just get rid of it. She can’t get rid of it, she won’t, but she can’t face her parents and tell them how she’s ruined everyone’s plans and their ‘perfect’ ho ...more
Medeia Sharif
Several teenage protagonists are in various stages of self-discovery, confusion, and conflict: a girl and her reluctant boyfriend deal with her pregnancy; a boy reveals his homosexuality to his parents and is subsequently thrown out of his home; and other parents of the characters are imprisoned, abusive, or deceased. Joe is a young man who owns his aunt's home. Because she took him in when he was twelve-years-old, he now wants to help troubled youth. Even though it's Joe's house, local kids ref ...more
I have a theory that all book—all stories—are, in the deepest sense, about a journey toward home, whether it’s a physical place, a group of people, or just a feeling of peace and belonging. Keesha’s House is very obviously about home and the different ways it can be lost and found.

Told in poetry format, this story follows seven teenagers who all find their way to Keesha’s house, which is owned by a man named Joe who lets troubled teens stay there when they need to without asking for anything in
Written in a series of sestinas and sonnets, Keesha's House tells the stories of seven teens. Keesha’s house has room to spare and teens in trouble can stay there when they need to.

Frost gives each character a satisfyingly different voice and the poems, though short, are able to tell the reader a lot in a short period of time. Some of the stories seem to have endings, or developments, that are a little too easily fixed but that is probably good, in that it balances out the more difficult ones.
Braxton Moragne
The book I read for this weeks unit was Keesh's House. I felt I had a strong connection with some of the characters such as Jason, who was a star athlelete of his school. But like me he had road blocks that almost kept him from playing sports on the college level. The setting of Keesha's was really realistic because of how the characters described their experiences of being in that one house made an impact in their lives.

Before I started reading this story , I pictured myself reading a normal fu
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Helen Frost is the author of six novels-in-poems and two picture books for children and young adults. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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