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Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
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Reaching for Sun is a story in verse, providing the insights to the world of protagonist Josie, a girl who lives with cerebral palsy. She is aware of her limitations and her strengths, as well as the social isolation during the middle school years. She lives with two strong characters, her mom who is never home between work and school and her gram who provides warmth and wisdom. As Jordan enters the story, the new sensitive and geeky kid in the neighborhood, Josie finds real friendship with a peer who sees her as a person rather than a disability. When Gram becomes ill, Josie has opportunity to shine with her strengths, during time of sadness and loss. The poems flow in this book, creating a vivid picture of Josie as she narrates her story. It provides increased awareness of what it means to live with a disability in a seemingly authentic voice. I was surprised at how quickly I read the book, in part because I did not want to put it down. This format would be a good introduction to free verse in middle level and perhaps grades 9-10. I would include it as an option for a book group, introducing journal writing using a free verse format.

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message 1: by Lauma (new)

Lauma I really like verse novels in general. They are quick reads, but really connect with readers on an emotional level. I agree middle school students would appreciate this format and would have much to say in a discussion group. This novel sounds like a must read!


message 2: by Katina (last edited Mar 19, 2010 09:02PM) (new)

Katina What a great way to inform readers and children how it feels to have a disability like cerebral palsy. Areader can really understand what it feels like living in Josie's shoes.


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