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Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
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This book made me want to go running. I loved the main character, Annie because she was really clear about what she wanted and how she felt about things which was a sharp contrast to her friend, Max who was very moody and unsure about himself. When she talks about being in an art room with the smells and smocks, I think about when I used to visit my mom at work when she was an art teacher and the smells of her room and the wide open spaces her students had to work. That olfactory memory is very strong with me, and when I walk into an art room now, I have the same reaction. Creech's words explicitly described Annie's life and her situation without making me feel like I was reading POETRY. This book was highly recommended by one of my students who used to read it all the time when she was in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. I'm so glad I chose it because I really loved it and found so many parts that I could use in the classroom. I would like to talk to kids about characterization without many words, without excessive detail - how is Creech getting that across to the reader in what seems like such simplistic writing? Obviously, it's more complicated than it looks!
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Paula This was one of my book for contemporary fiction. It was interesting how she had all these issues and put them in poetic form.


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