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Diamond Willow by Helen Frost
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Jun 25, 09

bookshelves: animals, childrens, family, friendship
Read in June, 2009

** spoiler alert ** I hadn't heard anything about this book until it was selected as the Mitten Award Winner. I immediately placed it on hold. When I saw the format I knew it would be a quick read, but I didn't realize how good it would be! Most of the text is written in various diamond shapes. Within this text are bolded words forming a "hidden message". These I found to be the most strong messages! Interspersed throughout are "chapters" in the voices of renincarnated family members (as animals watching over Willow and other characters). These two concepts were an interesting way to tell a story. Even though there are flaws in the actual story (there doesn't seem to be any consequences to Willow's actions), they didn't bother me because of the unique and emotional way it is told. To simply say it is a story about a girl's desire to rescue her beloved dog is to not give it justice.
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