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Keesha's House (Michael L. Printz Honor Book (Awards))


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Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux ..., 2003



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About the book:

An unforgettable narrative collage told in poems

Keesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just cant make it on their own. They are Stephie  pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about; Jason  Stephies boyfriend, torn between his responsibility to Stephie and the baby and the promise of a college basketball career; Dontay  in foster care while his parents are in prison, feeling unwanted both inside and outside the system; Carmen  arrested on a DUI charge, waiting in a juvenile detention center for a judge to hear her case; Harris  disowned by his father after disclosing that hes gay, living in his car, and taking care of himself; Katie  angry at her mothers loyalty to an abusive stepfather, losing herself in long hours of work and school.

Stretching the boundaries of traditional poetic forms  sestinas and sonnets  Helen Frosts extraordinary debut novel for young adults weaves together the stories of these seven teenagers as they courageously struggle to hold their lives together and overcome their difficulties.   Keesha's House is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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