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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  499 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Diana loves where she lives. She loves the astronomy charts on her walls and the fact that she can wave to her best friend, Rose, from her very own window. And best of all, a wren has recently made its home right by her front door When her family is forced to move, Diana wonders if shell ever find that same grounded and happy feeling again. This gentle and ultimately redee ...more
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Published January 1st 2007 by Dial Books
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I enjoyed this story about a girl who doesn't want to move-- and I could relate to that! I especially liked the relationship between the main character, Diana, and her little sister Twink. Recommended!
Barbara
This is a very touching story of a little girl who loves her house, her friend, playing scrabble, writing poetry, and studying the stars.

The story is written as a series of poems, and it is full of emotion. Diana is very sad when her family has to move because her father loses his job. She feels that she is having to say good bye to everything she loves best. Eventually, Diana finds a new friend, and discovers that, even though she will always miss her old life, new adventures are waiting for h
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Amy Musser
Diana loves her yellow house with the white shutters and everyone who lives in and around it. She loves her parents, her best friend Rose, and even her annoying little sister, Twink. She loves the bedroom that she and Rose have painted the color of the night sky and the baby birds that have nested in the willow wreath on the front door. But now Diana has to say goodbye to all of that because her father lost his job and the family has to move all the way across Pennsylvania to live with Grandpa J ...more
Jackie
A sweet story about friendship, moving, sadness, and making new friends. Diana finds out she is moving after her father loses his job. She will miss her house, her neighborhood, but especially her friend Rose. Rose and Diana do everything together, even though Rose doesn't like stars, the night sky, and poetry like Diana does. The family goes to live with grandpa Joe in his big white stucco house and Diana is sad...sad until her love of poetry finds her in a new way, and a new friend finds her w ...more
Barb Middleton
This novel-in-verse is a quick read that captures the emotional turmoil of losing a job, moving away from family and friends, and starting over in a new city from the point of view of an 8 or 9 year old. Diana's sun-drenched yellow house with white shutters, a maple tree, and daffodils is "stitched against the sky," providing comfort and security like the wren's nest cradled in the wreath on the front door. She wants a new bike for her upcoming birthday and has a lovable and annoying younger sis ...more
Kristi
I finished this novel in verse with my daughter and found it immensely satisfying. I got choked up reading out loud to her more than once. The illustrations that go along with the poems are also excellent and very evocative. This is a beautifully written book about a girl having to move and her adjustment.
babyhippoface
Sep 27, 2007 babyhippoface rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, especially children who have had to move to a new town
Wow. What a great little book. Written in free verse, this is a super-quick read, and quite a satisfying one. Matt Phelan's illustrations are absolutely perfect, conveying incredible emotion. Diana has a realistic voice--one many children will recognize. I cannot recommend this strongly enough. Read it.
H
A good choice for students who like the "book in verse" with a familiar theme of a girl having to move when her father loses his job. Solid and very good for 3-5th grade.
Amanda
Beautifully written. Admittedly it touched my heart more now than it would any other time. I liked it so much I want to buy it and keep it around for years to come.
Wendy
I picked this up mainly because of the author's last name. I've been a long-time fan of Jerry Spinelli and figured they must be related. Turns out, Eileen is his wife. Shame on me for not knowing about or at least not making the connection sooner. Most of what Eileen has written are picture books for children. When I visited her fun website I realized I have several of them in my library at school, but I sadly I didn't know them by author. I tend to direct the younger kids to engaging stories wi ...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Oct 21, 2009 Charlyn Trussell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 3 and up
Recommended to Charlyn by: Texas Bluebonnet Award Reading List
This book both begins and ends with a poem named "where i live," but the two poems--and the two places--are different. This book, written in the voice of young narrator and poet Diana, details the difficult road between the two.

At the beginning of the book, life is perfect. She has a wonderful family, a home she loves, a BFF Rose, and a kind, empathetic teacher. She wins a poetry contest and is invited to a writing workshop. The mood at homs causes Diana to suspect that her parents are getting
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Kaitlin
I came into reading this book not sure if it would be a hit or a miss. I've moved around nearly all my life and most of the media I've seen about children moving did not fit my situation at all. I never had a house that I'd spent my entire life in, never had a best friend I'd known since kindergarten. This book didn't change that but that didn't stop it from grabbing onto my heart and tugging. One poem that really struck me was Diana's list poem about the things she misses and the entire 10 item ...more
Melissa Wine
Verse Novel:

If I had to sum this book up in one word it would be “relatable.” As I was reading, I reminisced about some of my recent moves and got a bit choked up. Readers at many ages could easily love this book. For as effortless and quick of a read as it is, it conveys extraordinary emotion centered on friendship, family, loss, and growth. The opening scenes paint a beautiful and content picture for Diana, and as the story develops you go on her journey with her. I love the authenticity of he
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Elizabeth Mcdonough
Spinelli, Eileen (2007). Where I Live. New York: Penguin Group.

Subgroup:
Raised by a Grandparent
Genre:
Poetry
Topics:
living with a grandparent, dealing with change, friendship, moving away
Synopsis:
This story is told through poetry from a young girl's perspective. Diana is really sad when she finds out she has to move six hours away to live with her grandpa Jo. She is sad to leave everything, especially her best friend, Rose. I like the multicultural aspect that is illustrated through the friendsh
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Gretchen
Easy read, finished within 15 minutes over a grilled cheese sandwich. Where I Live, is a heartwarming book that in all its simplicity tugged at my heart. I got a little teary-eyed, but maybe that's just me. The writing very much reflected what might be in a child's diary, but at the same time, I believe that the writings were to simplistic and underestimated the creativity a child may have with their words. In a way this book tried just too hard to achieve Diana's young voice. I wish the author ...more
Heather H
Verse Novel

spoiler alert!!!
This book is about a girl named Diana who has to move away with her family but the most tragic part is leaving her best friend Rose. I can relate to her because my two best friends moved away in the same summer when we were going into the 6th grade, one moved all the way to California and the other to a small town about an hour and 30 minutes away from me. Diana was heart broken because Rose was the one person she spent all of her time with. She loved where she lived a
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Smaileh
This is such a sweet and charming little book--little in size, but not in heart. Diana is a young girl who loves her yellow house, her best friend Rose, the wren nesting in the wreath on the front door, and the night sky. She writes a poem about the sun and it wins a school contest. She wakes up happy in the morning. Her life is good.

But then her dad loses his job and her parents decide to move to Grandpa Joe's house near Pittsburgh. Diana is heartbroken. She has to say mad-sad goodbyes to her y
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Tyler Roman
I really enjoyed how there was such a range of emotions in this book. It had ups and downs that many young readers could relate to. With the way the economy is and how many people are being layed off her fathers story is especially relatable. While none of the things in the book particularly related to me I still enjoyed it. I never had to move away from a friend or had one more away from me but I feel like from this book I already have a better understanding.

This book was a very easy read, but
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Megan
When I heard this was a book about a little girl having to move away from her best friend, I knew this was going to be my first pick for the verse novel choice. I have had so many friends move away as a kid, so I thought it would be a good choice. This book was a quick read, which was expected since it consists of poems. I loved that the main little girl, Diana, was really obsessed with astronomy and her best friend, Rose, accepted her for it since she wasn't as interested in the topic. When Dia ...more
Heather
I loved this adorable story (written entirely in poems) of Diana who faces the challenge of moving away from her home and best friend. This would make a fabulous gift for a 7-12 year old girl as they would easily relate to Diana's reactions to childhood woes. I found her best friend Rose, with the purpy flopple (purple floppy hat) and her little sister, Twink, especially endearing. The accompanying drawings capture the mood perfectly.
Renee
Sep 05, 2014 Renee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1st-3rd
Shelves: childrens-poetry
4.75 This is a beautiful, gentle book written in verse about family, friendships and life changes (moving to a new town). It actually brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful blue colored pencil drawings (on the eBook, maybe it is black & white in print) enhance the story. It is short and sweet, for young readers (high 1st graders thru 3rd graders) who like deeper stories.
Andrea
Sweet story about a girl having to move after her dad loses his job. Written in open verse, this book probes a young girl's emotions about moving, leaving her best friend, making new friends, and writing poetry.
Alene Sen
Lovely and expressive drawings alongside heartfelt prose make this mini coming of age story (about a girl coping with the challenges of moving and saying "good-byes") a delight to read. A real treat!
Kirsten Murphy
TOPIC THREADS:
* family
* unemployment
* moving
* fears
* friendship
* verse novel

PICTURE BOOK CONNECTIONS:
* Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move (moving)
* My Ol' Man (unemployment)
* Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (friendship, fears)
* Wemberly Worried (friendship, fears)


CHAPTER BOOK CONNECTIONS:
* Ramona and Her Father (unemployment)
* There's an Owl in the Shower (unemployment)
* Love That Dog (verse novel)
* Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day (moving)
* Locomotion (ver
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Richelle
As one of the 2009-2010 Bluebonnet selections, Where I Live is a very sweet book about a girl who has to leave her home and best friend behind when her dad loses his job. Diana loves to write poetry, and the entire book is composed of her poems. I loved reading the poetry because it really captured the emotional ups and downs Diana faced during this difficult time. Matt Phelan's black and white illustrations were the perfect compliment to Spinelli's poems and brought a tear to my eye more than o ...more
Kari
Where you live and your friends are hard to leave. Book-in-verse. Perfect for emerging readers.
Cheri
I haven't read a book like this, possibly ever. It's a picture book, it's a poetry novel, it's a first person narrative, it's a book about a girl and her best friend, it's a book about a girl and her sister, it's a book about a family that has to move due to financial hardship and health issues, it's a book about a girl devastated by moving away from her best friend, and a book about how to deal with all of life's changes.
I would read it again and again; at the same time, simple and complex, bea
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Heather
Simple, satisfying, familiar theme written well. I also appreciated the illustrations.
Wendy
story told in series of poems. the story is about a girl who loves poetry, astronomy, and her best friend. when her father loses his job, they are forced to move away and live with her grandfather. the story deals with real issues of friendship, family, struggle...As the story is told in a poem per page, the pace is quick and while the narrative hangs together, there is movement between topics (and how heavy or light the content of the poem is). this is a book that made me change my tune about n ...more
Stephanie Martin
Verse Novel: I really enjoyed this book because I can sort of relate. I never moved when I was a child, but I did have a best friend who moved away from me. I was about 6 years old and pretty much devastated. To some people it wasn't very far, just a few cities away, but for me it was like she moved to a different country. At that time we didn't know how to send e-mail and we wrote letters some times but they ended after a little while. To this day I still think about how my life would be if she ...more
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Eileen Spinelli, wife of famed children's author Jerry Spinelli, is an award winning children's book author from southeastern Pennsylvania.
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