Diamond Willow

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Sep 6, 2016 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages

There's
more to me than
most people
see.

Twelve-year-old Willow would rather blend in than stick out. But she still wants to be seen for who she is. She wants her parents to notice that she is growing up. She wants her best friend to like her better than she likes a certain boy. She wants, more than anything, to mush the dogs out to her grandparents' house, by herself, with Roxy in the lead. But sometimes when it's just you, one mistake can have frightening consequences . . . And when Willow stumbles, it takes a surprising group of friends to help her make things right again.

Using diamond-shaped poems inspired by forms found in polished diamond willow sticks, Helen Frost tells the moving story of Willow and her family. Hidden messages within each diamond carry the reader further, into feelings Willow doesn't reveal even to herself.
Diamond Willow is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

 

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User Review  - hfuhriman - LibraryThing

Diamond Willow is novel in verse and prose. The story takes of twelve-year-old Willow takes place in a remote village in Alaska. Willow would rather blend into the background yet she wants to be seen ... Read full review

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User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

After reading this author’s book Keisha’s House, I immediately picked this up when I saw it on sale. I was not disappointed. Alternating between diamond-shaped poems, from the viewpoint of Willow, and ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Helen Frost is the author of several books for young people, including Hidden, Diamond Willow, Salt, Crossing Stones, Room 214: A Year in Poems, and Keesha’s House, which was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book.

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