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Pieces of Georgia

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  885 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
Like her mother, Georgia McCoy is an artist, but her dad looks away whenever he sees her with a sketchbook. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what it was like when her mother was still alive . . . when they were a family . . . when they were happy. But then a few days after her 13th birthday, Georgia receives an unexpected gift–a strange, formal letter, all typed up and sign ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Yearling (first published April 11th 2006)
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Daniella Hernandez
This book is very interesting and its out going and I would to read more of it and I like how it Is in the beginning. I would like to see if there are more books of it .
Nena P
Jan 27, 2015 Nena P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it- I have just the student that would connect with this book. I like the style- written in verse, and I like the narration.
Nov 04, 2009 Calle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very tuching and this girl must go through a hard time at home. I realy recamend this book to girls and lotsofmpeople bacuseu will understand what people go through

The book begins when Georgia, an aspiring artist, receives an anonymous gift of a free membership to an art museum. Georgia's father has become emotionally withdrawn since the death of his wife. He works all the time, leaving Georgia alone in the afternoons with there dog. She begins visiting the museum after school, but
I love how Jen Bryant wrote this book (the structure). It's journal entries by a 7th grade girl, Georgia, who is trying to puzzle out events leading up to and following her mother's death - get "closure." I wish I felt comfortable putting this book on the shelves of my 6th grade classroom, but references to drugs and a friend who actually abuses Ritalin is not the best combination for my kids right now. Even though the lesson in the end is not to use them, I think my kids can choose to read this ...more
Sep 27, 2013 JoEllen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book because it invokes a lot if emotion about a subject that is close to me right now. Very simple and easy to read, but sometimes the simplest things are the most beautiful.
Jun 02, 2008 stillme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jfiction, awards
Though I don't usually like novels written in free verse, or cliched poor orphans, I ended up loving this one. It ends hopefully without being cheesy or too neat.
Lone Star List 2008-2009
Vianca Houle
The book "Pieces of Georgia" is about a young girl named Georgia. Her teacher has given her this journal to write about what ever she wants. the actual book is journal entries that Georgia herself has written. Her mother had died when she was very young, and her dad hasn't been the same since. Georgia talks about how she wishes her and her dad were closer. Just like her mother Georgia likes to draw. When she anonymously receives a membership card to an art museum. She doesn't tell her dad but sh ...more
Patrice Sartor
GENRE: Fiction, realistic fiction, verse.

SUMMARY: For six years it's just been Georgia and her father, after her artist mother passed away. Her father doesn't want to talk about Georgia's mom, her death, or anything that reminds him of her. Thus, Georgia has no outlet for her emotions, until her school guidance counselor gives her a journal and suggests that she writes her feelings down there, as well as what Georgia might tell or ask her mother if she were here. Georgia dives right in, and desc
Writing: 2
Story: 2
Satisfaction: 2


So first I should mention that this book is written in freestyle verse. I grabbed this as an ebook and I thought that the first two files that I found were just really badly formatted. Oops. In my defense, it wouldn't have been the first time that an ebook converted poorly.

This book is written as a journal by the narrator, a 13-year-old named Georgia, who is still in counseling for her mother's death six years prior. Her father is hard at work to support th
Noemi claudine
This book is about a girl who lives in a trailer home with here dad and her mother died. Her mom died and hr dad never ever wants to talk about her. She is always trying o find out more about her life. she has a couple of friends but she is really different than anyone in school. Her best friend and her got in a fight and she has almost no one. But then for her 13th birthday she gets a gift to a free membership and an art museum. It changes her life completely.

I can connect this book to Murphy
It's a wonderful verse novel. I'll add more later!
I won this book from the author herself weeks ago. I knew Jen’s work from her wonderful picture book biography A Splash of Red, so was excited to receive another book by her. Published in 2006, sorry I missed it, but I enjoyed this thoroughly. It’s a verse novel, a ‘Just” thirteen year old girl named Georgia whose mother died years ago, and who lives with her construction worker dad in a trailer parked on a ranch. In exchange for chores around t
Aug 04, 2009 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-class
Great book. This is a diary written in verse.

Georgia, the narrator, lost her mother 6 years before. The story picks up when she is in junior high. She and her father have been very introverted since the death of her mother and a counselor at school gives her a diary to write down everything she wants to say to her mother. Georgia loves art and drawing, just like her mom, and is surprised when and anonymous person buys her a year membership to the local museum. Georgia's journey to patching the
I absolutely loved this little book. It was really sweet and charming. It grew on me because it was written as a journal of this little girl trying to cope with living with her dad and missing her mom, and figuring out where she fits in. I absolutely loved that she was a little artist like her mom and the relationship between Georgia, her father, her teachers, her friends, and writing to her mom. I loved it because when my favorite Aunt, who I was really close to died, I wrote her letters for a ...more
Thirteen-year old Georgia McCoy’s mother, an artist, died when she was a little girl. Unable to express her emotions to anyone, especially her distant father who still grieves for his wife, Georgia is given a journal by her guidance counselor to share what she is feeling with her mother. Out of Georgia’s writings, pours a wonderful story—told in journal form—of a young teen trying to come to terms with her loss, reconnect with her father, help her over-achieving, over-scheduled best friend, deal ...more
Amanda Peterson
Jun 11, 2012 Amanda Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-356
It took me a few tries to get into this book, but now that I have finished it in it's entirety I really appreciated this book. I lost my father when I was eight years old, so reading this book brought back a lot of feelings, and how I could sympathize with Georgia. I thought it was cool how this book was written like a diary, and it was just open and candid about this girl's life. I think that this book would help a lot of people deal with a death in their family very well, and just help them in ...more
A novel in verse. The main character, Georgia, is artistic and talented, but feels like she needs to hide her interest in art from her father. Her mother was an artist, and seeing Georgia take after her makes him miss her more. For her birthday, Georgia gets a gift membership to the local art museum, from an anonymous giver, and being able to regularly go to the museum expands her own art.

This was rather enjoyable. I really liked Georgia and reading her voice. I could definitely understand her a
Rachel Hughes
Feb 02, 2016 Rachel Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Georgia is still struggling after her mom passed away. But when the school guidance counselor gives her a little red journal to write in, things get better. She writes to her mom in the journal, things she'd ask her if she was still here, things she remembers about her, and just about anything Georgia knows her mom would understand. Her mom was really into art; painting and drawing mostly. Now Georgia is even more interested in art. After a membership to the nearby art museum was given anonymous ...more
Annie McClain
Recently I read Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant. I enjoyed reading this book a lot as it was more of a easy read, and it was in a different format than most books. I really liked the concept of this story because it was more like Georgias Journal with her thoughts. This book was about a girl named Georgia who lives in a trailer with her dad. Georgia lost her mom and the one thing she enjoys a lot is the horse that lives near her, Ella. Georgia is worried when her school counselor tells her to fi ...more
Jan 17, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing
This book is an incredible nonfiction bok about a girl named Georgia and her life struggles without her mom. This book is written in diary form and i written in the perspective of a teenage girl going through school and life without her mom. Georgia's mom passed away when she was young with pnemonia. She went through alot living with her dad in a trailer, and was always in the "at risk" list in school. She went to the guidence councler often and was assigned a task to write a diary to her mothe ...more
Amber Kaldy
Dec 04, 2014 Amber Kaldy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about how a girl and her father that live without a very special person in their life. His wife. Her mother. Georgia is a special individual she sees the world in an artistic way. She is put on a list at school that says she will need help in the future. Her principal gives her a journal in turn of not seeing her on a daily basis and to write what she would say to her mom if she were here. That is where the journey starts with Georgia. She gets a gift of going to the museum from an ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Alia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Georgia is a young girl, barely into her teenage in the beginning of the story and this story revolves around her. She has lost her mother and even though she lives with her father, she barely knows the man as he has been too closed off since the death of her mother.

One day, a guidance counselor hands her a red diary and asks Georgia to use it to write her feelings in. She uses this diary to communicate with her mother and she finally has someone to talk to, through this diary. Through the cours
I am not sure how I ended up owning this book - maybe when I went on a novel in verse buying spree, since I was making my students read them (still am).

As my students are soon going to be doing their novel in verse project for Methods, I grabbed this from my shelf before heading home on Thursday.

read it quickly, of course... Same author as Kaleidoscope Eyes, which I read last fall, and which some of my students read first.. this one seemed sadder, more bittersweet and painful. though, like her o
Kate Mcatee
Pieces of Georgia is a bitter sweet novel by Jen Bryant that illustrates the frustration and sadness that come with the loss of a parent. Georgia has many talents that remind her father of his wife, which makes life harder between them as a daughter and father. Although Georgia's life is full of food stamps and life in a trailer, she is looking for an outlet to speak to her mother. So, on request of a school counselor, she starts a journal to her mother that helps he get in touch with the life ...more
Billie Flaming
Oct 02, 2013 Billie Flaming rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pieces of Georgia is my favorite book.

It tells the story of thirteen-year-old Georgia McCoy, who lost her mother several years prior, and she is watching her life begin to fall apart. Her father is distant, though he loves her. Georgia's best friend Tiffany is becoming overwhelmed with obligations, and worst of all, Georgia is on the "At Risk" list at school.
But things start to change when Georgia gets a season pass to the Brandywine River Art Museum, with nothing but a card saying the gift is f
Kirsten Murphy
I can't believe it took me so long to get around to this book! This book has been sitting in my ever present stack of "books to read" for awhile. Thank goodness I needed a book to take with me to the hairdresser and grabbed this one as I rushed to leave work and get to the salon on time!

Written in verse, this book is an incredible story of a middle school girl whose realisic, quiet perspective and viewpoint on life after a tragedy occurs in her family draws the reader into the experiences of thi
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Adolescent # 9 - Georgia's mother died when she was in second grade. She is now a seventh grader, and her name is on an "at-risk" list because of having one parent and for financial reasons. She hates being on the list, which requires her to meet with the school counselor. The counselor gives her a journal to write things she would tell her mother if she could. Georgia does not think her life is very interesting, but she begins to journal anyway. Georgia does have an exciting year, however. She ...more
Pieces of Georgia is a novel written in free verse. Georgia, the protagonist, is still grieving her mother's death, which occurred 6 years earlier. She's in 7th grade and in addition to struggling with family issues, she has the normal 7th grade peer issues to contend with. Knowing this information before I started reading, I thought free verse would be the perfect format for the novel. Books written in verse are usually able to get at the deeper heart of the issue. There are usually more emotio ...more
Kim B.
Sep 11, 2010 Kim B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10-11-readings
I love the protagonist of this book. She is a quiet, thoughtful girl with concerns both typical and not, and she is definitely easy to relate to but not boring. The other characters are as memorable. Unfortunately, the characters were undoubtedly the greatest aspect of the book. The writing is merely okay and not as wonderfully descriptive as I would hope for a book about an artist-type, and I see no reason for it to be in verse. Furthermore, there are almost no aspects of the book that isn't pr ...more
Age Group: Adolescent - Georgia's mother died when she was in second grade. She is now a seventh grader, and her name is on an "at-risk" list because of having one parent and for financial reasons. She hates being on the list, which requires her to meet with the school counselor. The counselor gives her a journal to write things she would tell her mother if she could. Georgia does not think her life is very interesting, but she begins to journal anyway. Georgia does have an exciting year, howeve ...more
Heather Gallagher
Sep 22, 2015 Heather Gallagher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verse-novels
Having lost my own mother at a comparatively early age, dead mother stories really resonate with me. Pieces of Georgia was no exception. A beautiful verse novel which conveyed so much in so few words. I really liked the character of Georgia who was working so hard to keep her life together living in a crappy trailer with a grieving father. Even though she was still finding her way, she had a quiet assurance - like her no-nonsense approach to her friend Tiffany's drug use - that held her in good ...more
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Jen Bryant writes picture books, novels and poems for readers of all ages. Her biographical picture book: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet,received a Caldecott Honor award and her historical novel in verse RINGSIDE 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial is an Oprah Recommended Book for ages 12 & up. Other titles include Pieces of Georgia (IRA Youn ...more
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