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Diamond Willow by Helen Frost
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May 12, 2010

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Twelve year old Willow lives in rural Alaska. She wants more than anything to be able to take the dog sled out by herself. She also wants her best friend to stop being boy crazy and her parents to notice that she is growing up. Willow gets her wish and takes the dog sled out alone. Unfortunately an accident occurs that has emotional and physical consequences.

Willow's voice is shown through diamond shaped patterns telling her feelings and thoughts.Certain words are highlighted in the pattern to show the important thought she is trying to express.Regular text pages are included. These pages are told from the point of view of dead relatives who have transformed into animals. They are trying to help and protect Willow.
I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. I found the diamond pattern pages easy to read but felt confused by the random relatives' pages. I found Willow to be a normal twelve year old girl with problems most girls struggle with. The additional storyline of the animal relatives felt unrealistic and unnecessary. The setting of the book added a great element to the story.You often felt the coldness and isolation of rural Alaska. Overall a good read especially if you are struggling to convince your parents your growing up.

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