In early twentieth-century Cuba, bandits terrorize the countryside as a young farm girl struggles with dyslexia. Based on the life of the author's grandmother.
Novels in verse
- Author:Engle, MargaritaSummary:
- Author:Seth, VikramSummary:
Written in verse, The Golden Gate was Vikram Seth's first novel, before the epic a suitable boy. Set in the eighties in the affluence and sunshine of California's Silicon Valley, it is an exuberant and witty story of twenty-...
- Author:Guttman, NaomiSummary:
Under the sugar maples of Montreal, family life is given mythic dimensions
in this sweeping novella-in-verse.
If Dionysus and Ariadne lived in Montreal in the late twentieth century, would he serve veal stuffed with apples...
- Author:Andersen, Marguerite, Winkler, DonaldSummary:
The Trillium Award-winning autobiographical novel "La mauvaise mere" by Marguerite Andersen is now in English. Prolific author Marguerite Andersen traces the important moments of her life in this honest and harrowing examination of...
- Author:Lawrence, KatherineSummary:
Millie is eleven (going on twelve) and enjoys doing what kids usually like to do: riding her bike and dreaming of the day she can convince her family to get a dog. She also writes in her diary daily. But instead of writing to herself,...
- Author:Hopkins, EllenSummary:
Pattyn's father is dead. Now she's on the run in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Burned. Pattyn Von Stratten's father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her...
- Author:Grimes, NikkiSummary:
A series of poems describes all the baffling changes at home and at school in twelve-year-old Joylin's transition from tomboy basketball player to not-quite-girly girl.
- Author:McKissack, PatSummary:
In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave.
- Author:Leavitt, MartineSummary:
Winner of the CLA Young Adult Book Award, selected for the CCBC Choices List, selected for the Bankstreet College of Education's Best Children’s Books of the Year 2013, and honoured with the Horn Book Fanfare. It starts when Call sees...
- Author:Lai, ThanhhaSummary:
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
- Author:Porter, PamelaSummary:
Shortlisted for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. In a small prairie town like Argue, Saskatchewan, everyone knows everybody else’s business. Everyone knows that the Loney family has been barely hanging on -- the father,...
- Author:Wissinger, Tamera WillSummary:
Hiking in the great outdoors, catching fish, watching the stars come out at night-camping is fun. Until it's time to sleep. Then, Lucy wonders, what kinds of creatures lurk in the dark' With only her brother and grandpa as tent-mates,...
- Author:Hopkins, EllenSummary:
Kristina Snow returns home to give birth, a rape-induced pregnancy that occurs in the prequel novel, Crank. Kristina spirals into a dark depression when she cannot recover her pre-baby shape and returns to using to regain control of her...
- Author:Acevedo, ElizabethSummary:
Separated by distance, and their father's secrets, two sisters are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.