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The Braid by Helen Frost
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Nov 01, 2007

it was amazing
Read in January, 2006

Not only is this a compelling call-and-response tale, told in the voices of two Scots sisters, Jeannie and Sarah, but the structure of the telling is very beautiful. Chapters alternate each sister's voice, and an intricately structured poem links the chapters. Frost's note at the end of the book explains her pattern. The voices of the girls are clear and real, even as life tears them from each other, one to stay on the island in the Outer Hebrides, one to shipboard and the long forced journey to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
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