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Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
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Mar 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry

I would recommend this book for grade 7 and up. This is a story about a girl named Josie. She has cerebral palsy and lives in a farm with her family. Developers are trying to take the land from her family. I love that this story is told from a seventh graders point of view in free-verse! It makes the story so much more rich and almost tangible. A rich boy named Jordan moves to a mansion behind the farmhouse, Josie soon realizes they have similar passions. Jordan is neglected by his father, so he enjoys Josie's company. Both Josie and Jordan love nature, so the novel is filled with botanical images - a nice touch! Josie's grandmother works with her in the garden and really helps her grow throughout the book...like a flower. I really enjoyed the short chapters and the simplicity of the text. The book was well written and easy to read. This is a great book for all students and even for an all class poetry unit!
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March 12, 2010 – Started Reading
March 12, 2010 – Shelved
March 12, 2010 – Shelved as: poetry
March 15, 2010 – Finished Reading

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L-Crystal Wlodek I Loved Reaching for Sun. For me, it was a heartwarming and inspiring story that was hard to put down. The unique poetry format and language also added to the appeal of the book. I think this book has wide appeal for readers of diverse abilities, as well as reluctant readers because of the simple text and the amount of white space throughout the book. What did you think?


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