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Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
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Oct 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: middle-grades
Read in October, 2009

If you liked Waiting for Normal or Love, Aubrey, read this one, too.
Another great debut novel for 2009.

Harper, an aspiring poet, has had a rough time of it lately. Her soon-to-be baby sister is stillborn, then her dad takes to drinking heavily and eventually leaves the family. Her brother, Hemingway, waits each night on the porch for dad to reappear, but Harper (full name: Harper Lee...guess what her mom's favorite book is?) knows he's gone for good. Her mom desperately tries to make ends meet through multiple jobs but just can't do it and they are eventually evicted. From here, we are given an honest and kid-friendly portrayal of homeless life. Descriptively clear writing and well-developed characters make for a winning combo.

The author draws from time spent volunteering at her local shelter and the stories she encountered there.

I loved it!

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