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Keesha's House by Helen Frost
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Feb 04, 12

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Read in January, 2012

An interesting narrative in the form of poems. Most of the sections contain poems in the voices of fictional young people who for one reason or another decide to leave home (or are thrown out). Keesha's House is a place where they can safely stay without having to pay rent. Some sections contain poems by those who have some responsibility for them - parents, a grandparent, foster parents, teachers, etc.

It is clear that many schoolteachers would leap on this book with shrieks of joy. Poetry that kids will actually read (and maybe even like!) - how often does that happen? I didn't realise until I read the notes at the end of this book that the poems are based on traditional forms (sonnet, sestina etc) - giving even more to talk about in the classroom.

At the same time I did feel I was inside the characters' heads. An unusual and enjoyable book.
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