Keesha's House

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Feb 20, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 128 pages
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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 can’t make it on their own. They are Stephie – pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about; Jason – Stephie’s 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 he’s gay, living in his car, and taking care of himself; Katie – angry at her mother’s 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 Frost’s 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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User Review  - KarenNunez - LibraryThing

Helen Frost wrote this touching realistic story in poetic form written in the first person. In the story Frost shows the lives of seven teenagers and their struggles. Many of the characters feel they ... Read full review

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I would love to use this book with students. Frost writes poetry that flows so well that you don't realize it's poetry. I think my students could relate to some of the subject matter. I like the use of sextets, sonnets, and other poetry forms. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Helen Frost is a poet and the author of many nonfiction books for young readers. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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