Pearl Verses the World
At school, Pearl is a group of one, and at home her beloved granny is fading. A poignant gem of a tale about independence, grief, and finding your place.
Pearl likes to write poems, but despite the insistence of her teacher, Ms. Bruff, Pearl's poems don't rhyme, and neither does she. She wishes she could grow gills so she could stay underwater in swim class without drowning. And she hasn't a clue why perfect Prudence bumps her desk and sends her pencils flying. Pearl thinks there's no nicer sound than the bell at the end of the day, even though back at home, Granny, always a crucial part of their family of three, sometimes doesn't recognize Pearl, and Mom is tired from providing constant care. In a lyrical novel told with clear-eyed sympathy, humor, and heart, Sally Murphy follows a girl who holds fast to her individuality even as she learns to let go-- and in daring to share her voice, discovers that maybe she's not a group of one after all.
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Review: Pearl Verses the WorldUser Review - Stephanie - Goodreads
4.5 stars This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com. Pearl's family is a group of three: her mother, her granny, and Pearl. But Pearl's grandmother is suffering from late-stage ... Read full review
Review: Pearl Verses the WorldUser Review - Anna - Goodreads
I read and used this book for a Children's Literature assignment I was doing as part of my teaching degree. Pearl Verses The World looks at contemporary issues facing children and is a useful vehicle ... Read full review