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Keesha's House by Helen Frost
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Jan 30, 2012

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bookshelves: young-adult, 2012-challenge, poetry, fiction
Recommended for: middle/high schoolers, teachers of middle/high school
Read from January 24 to 27, 2012 , read count: 1

I'm a middle school teacher, and enjoyed Keesha's House for both the story and the format. I liked that Frost used the sestina & sonnet forms to tell the stories of the teens in the book. The problems the kids in the book face touch on a wide variety of issues that kids deal with in the real world every day. Frost handled the reactions of both the kids and the adults very realistically.

I'd recommend Keesha's House to middle and high schoolers who are looking for a reflection of reality in their reading. A young reader might see something of themselves in the book, or might gain an insight into the experiences of a peer. It also offers the reader the opportunity to explore poetic forms, which might be more appealing to teens than the traditional "read the poem out of the textbook and answer questions about it" method of learning about poetry.

To the reviewers who are concerned about the legality/social services involvement of the arrangement of the kids staying with Joe: The author had to use something as the device to get all the kids interacting with each other. The house is a good choice and Frost gave a sufficient explanation of how the arrangement originated.

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