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Pieces of Georgia

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,080 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Like her mother, Georgia McCoy is an artist, but her dad looks away whenever he sees her with a sketchbook. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what it was like when her mother was still alive . . . when they were a family . . . when they were happy. But then a few days after her 13th birthday, Georgia receives an unexpected gift–a strange, formal letter, all typed up and sign ...more
Hardcover, 166 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely. This book is very deceiving. On one hand, it looks like a tiny, cheesy middle grade novel, but it's actually powerful, emotional, compelling and filled with sophisticated allusions to art and culture.

Georgia is mourning the death of her mother, all while dealing with bullying, living in poverty and navigating middle school. The school counselor gives her a journal and the poems included in this book are the entries...letters to her mother.

This book is a journey with touches of mystery,
Daniella Hernandez
This book is very interesting and its out going and I would to read more of it and I like how it Is in the beginning. I would like to see if there are more books of it .
Nena P
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it- I have just the student that would connect with this book. I like the style- written in verse, and I like the narration.
Sophie P-V
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4th Quarter 4th Choice book
This book was pretty good! I loved how it was written, it was actually one fo my first books i have read in verse. So, the begging of the book starts out by introducing the characters, and giving ideas of setting, and situation. For example, the main character's name is Georgia, she lives with her dad (her mom died). They live in a trailer. Also, she meets with he school counselor, because she is on the "at risk" list at her school, because her mom d
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
part of this book takes place in an art museum, and i wasn't looking forward to an author note saying that everything in the book was from her imagination, instead Jen Bryant uses a museum that exists and that i Have to go see now. It was as vivid as The Met in Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, which i went to see because of that book.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A narrative of grief, friendship, and a love of art written in verse. Very quick and enjoyable.
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this little book. It was really sweet and charming. It grew on me because it was written as a journal of this little girl trying to cope with living with her dad and missing her mom, and figuring out where she fits in. I absolutely loved that she was a little artist like her mom and the relationship between Georgia, her father, her teachers, her friends, and writing to her mom. I loved it because when my favorite Aunt, who I was really close to died, I wrote her letters for a ...more
Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is very tuching and this girl must go through a hard time at home. I realy recamend this book to girls and lotsofmpeople bacuseu will understand what people go through

The book begins when Georgia, an aspiring artist, receives an anonymous gift of a free membership to an art museum. Georgia's father has become emotionally withdrawn since the death of his wife. He works all the time, leaving Georgia alone in the afternoons with there dog. She begins visiting the museum after school, but
I love how Jen Bryant wrote this book (the structure). It's journal entries by a 7th grade girl, Georgia, who is trying to puzzle out events leading up to and following her mother's death - get "closure." I wish I felt comfortable putting this book on the shelves of my 6th grade classroom, but references to drugs and a friend who actually abuses Ritalin is not the best combination for my kids right now. Even though the lesson in the end is not to use them, I think my kids can choose to read this ...more
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jfiction, awards
Though I don't usually like novels written in free verse, or cliched poor orphans, I ended up loving this one. It ends hopefully without being cheesy or too neat.
Lone Star List 2008-2009
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it invokes a lot if emotion about a subject that is close to me right now. Very simple and easy to read, but sometimes the simplest things are the most beautiful.
Jade Rodriguez-Falcon
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am reading the book Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant. This book is about and 7 grader who is writing in a diary that she got from her teacher and she has to write her feeling and how she write her feeling is letter that she is writing for her dead mother who got sick and passed away. She lives with her dad in a trailer. Her art teacher gave her this suggestion that she could send 5 or her best art pieces and they’ll be judge by 10 judges. She has a best friend named Tiffany she said they are op ...more
Christina Vega
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As it says on the cover," A Remarkable Book." Well, its true for many reasons. I love the quotes since they are something I feel I can relate to. For example in the text this is one quote,"When I get and idea that means a lot to me, I just bury myself in it. I can relate to that when I get ideas because I develop them and I really find a meaning to them. Anyways this isn't about me so lets get onto what the book is about. This book is about a girl named Georgia Mcoy who loves art. She loves draw ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 -
A nice, easy novel in verse about a young girl coming to terms with her mother's death and reacquainting herself with her somewhat detached father, while embracing the best parts of each of them in an attempt to find who she herself wants to be. Georgia is an artist like her mother which her still-mourning father silently wishes she wouldn't be. When Georgia receives a mysterious birthday membership to a local art museum, she thinks she'll only keep her visits there a secret from her father
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, ya, 2018
I thought this was a lovely book. Written in free verse that is mostly more like short text so it all just flows very quickly, this was a fairly quick read. Georgia’s friendship with Tiffany, a girl who is everything Georgia is not (rich, athletic, popular, etc.) is a really nice solid center of the story. When Tiffany begins to not act like herself Georgia is worried but, realistically, not sure what to do. The other main part of the story is Georgia’s development of her artistic skill, which ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pieces of Georgia was so out there. There were so many things that were hard for Georgia but slowly and gradually her life becoming easier. This book had it's own sense of creativity and security when you are reading it. Pieces of Georgia was so real and lonely feeling but I think that's what made it so good because you felt it and could see the gears in Georgia's mind working. I think why I like this book is because there is a lot of artistic details and the problems that go with this book CAN ...more
Mrs. Fisher
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Like her mother, Georgia McCoy is an artist, but her dad looks away whenever he sees her with a sketchbook. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what it was like when her mother was still alive . . . when they were a family . . . when they were happy. But then a few days after her 13th birthday, Georgia receives an unexpected gift–a strange, formal letter, all typed up and signed anonymous–granting her free admission to the Brandywine River Museum for a whole year. And things begin to change.
An acces
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Pieces of Georgia took a lot longer to read than it should have done as I was forever looking up the paintings that were mentioned. The book was basically a journal written by thirteen-year-old Georgia to her dead mother as she struggles with the loss. Sadly, I didn't feel any emotional connection to Georgia, although she did show maturity considering her age. The plot was underwhelming and I thought the story needed to be fleshed out more. Overall, an okay story for younger readers but not a me ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this prose/journal entry novel from Bryant. It reminded me of Gary D. Schmidt’s writing and characters. Georgia broke my heart over and over again and made me want to take her home with me. This is a great novel for teaching kids about loss, making the smart/right decisions, no matter what, not to push yourself too hard, follow your dreams no matter what and believe in yourself. Such a great middle grade realistic fiction novel.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Former CT Nutmeg nominee from 2010. Technology doesn’t date this short book. It’s written for the younger side of middle school but attempts to deal with some YA topics, but in a Babysitter’s club type of writing. Wished it was longer for a more developed art plot line.
Opening line for book talk: can a mystery envelope from anonymous change your life?”
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels-in-verse
Wonderful story about art and loss, and connection. Georgia's mother has died, and her counselor suggest she writes in a diary letters to her momma. Told in verse, Georgia learns to appreciate her artistic talent and reconnect with her grieving father. ...more
Stephanie Storfer
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a grieving kid, Georgia does alright in the end. I enjoyed reading about her struggle with her mom’s passing. Having lost family in my life, I understand the sense of loss. I love the little bit of mystery provided too.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My 12 year old suggested I read this book and I’m so glad I did
Karyn Buchanan
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A young artist spends a year writing in a diary notes to her dead Momma. A compelling piece, a wonderful read. Art is important and Jen Bryant is a true artist with words.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Georgia McCoy is a artist though her father despises it because it reminds him of her mother, one day Georgia get a free admission to a local museum.And doesn't know if her father will ever accept her love and passion for art. I liked this book because of how real it was it wasn't like nothing like this could happen ever it was very real ...more
Alanah Casale
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this when I was maybe 14? LOVED it!
Gerri R.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easy read. Good topic. Learned about the Wyeth family of American artists.
A sweet little verse novel about a young girl coping with the death of her mother. Her diary entries were sweet and I found myself really rooting for her!
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful! Great for reluctant readers and not predictably dark. Instead it's moderately serious and hopeful, which is good for a change. ...more
Stephanie Robbins
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Pieces of Georgia" is an amazing book about a young girl, who is being raised by her father. She lost her mother at a very young age, so she is alone a majority of the time. She loves art, but is not good at much else. I really enjoyed this book. I felt like Georgia and my younger self were kindred spirits. I also love art and spend a good amount of my time working on art projects. She does not have a lot of friends, is awkward, and somewhat lonely, but doesn't seem to mind. I have always been ...more
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Jen Bryant (Jennifer Fisher Bryant) writes picture books, novels and poems for readers of all ages. Her biographical picture book: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet,received a Caldecott Honor award and her historical novel in verse RINGSIDE 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial is an Oprah Recommended Book for ages 12 & up. Other titles include Pieces ...more

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