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Read Thalia Chaltas's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Anke’s father is abusive. But not to her. He attacks her brother and sister, but she’s just an invisible witness in a house of horrors, on the brink of disappearing altogether. Until she makes the volleyball team at school. At first just being exhausted after practice feels good, but as Anke becomes part of the team, her confidence builds. When she learns to yell “Mine!” to call a ball, she finds a voice she didn’t know existed. For the first time, Anke is seen and heard. Soon, she’s imagining a day that her voice will be loud enough to rescue everyone at home—including herself.

Review:

"Chaltas's novel of poems marks an intensely powerful debut. Anke and her older siblings, Darren and Yaicha, may appear typical teenagers in public, but their home life is dominated by their father. Though he is verbally, physically and sexually abusive to her brother and sister, Anke seems beyond his notice ('with a sick/ acidic/ burbling/ bile/ i want what they have/ as horrible/ curdling/ vile/ as it is/ darren and yaicha/ get more/ than/ me'). The distance between the family members — separated by their silence — is palpable, as is Anke's growing sense of strength, partly due to her participation in volleyball at school ('My lungs are claiming expanding territory./ This is my voice./ This is MY BALL'). Though the pace is quick, tension builds slowly, almost agonizingly, as acts of abuse collect (a large bruise glimpsed on Darren's torso, muffled sounds from Yaicha's room that can't be tuned out). Readers will recognize the inevitability of an explosive confrontation, but the particulars will still shock. Incendiary, devastating, yet — in total — offering empowerment and hope, Chaltas's poems leave an indelible mark. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This unflinching debut novel told in verse is about a girl, her family, and the devastating power of silence in an abusive house of horrors.

Synopsis:

Ankes father is abusive to her brother and sister. But not to her. Because, to him, she is like furniture— not even worthy of the worst kind of attention. Then Anke makes the school volleyball team. She loves feeling her muscles after workouts, an ache that reminds her she is real. Even more, Anke loves the confidence that she gets from the sport. And as she learns to call for the ball on the court, she finds a voice she never knew she had. For the first time, Anke is making herself seen and heard, working toward the day she will be able to speak up loud enough to rescue everyone at home— including herself.

About the Author

This is Thalia Chaltas's debut novel. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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Pia, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by Pia)
The poetry in this book was fantastic. What a beautiful way to tell a pretty horrific story. Chaltas is so talented with the way she paints her pictures. I can't wait to read more.
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halofriendly, March 8, 2009 (view all comments by halofriendly)
I was a bit skeptical about this when I started it because I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a whole book written in poetry form. But Chaltas’ use of words, imagery and poetic language made the story a gripping one. She takes the subject of domestic abuse and doesn’t shy away from it, but is also not gratuitous with it either.

Anke is a young woman whose father is abusive to everyone in the family but her. The title comes from her feeling that she is simply furniture in the house, nothing more. Being ignored and overlooked is just as traumatizing to her as her brother being beaten and her sister being sexually abused.

As I mentioned above, the entire book is written in poetry form. It is from Anke’s point of view and reads as though we’re sneaking a peek into her diary. Because of the graphic nature of her words, I felt twinges of guilt reading them, as though I was invading another person’s privacy. But the one thing that Anke wants and desperately needs is for someone TO notice what’s going on in her family and help them. She soon realizes SHE may need to be the one who helps and it all starts when she makes the volleyball team, against her father’s orders and learns for the first time that confidence can flourish in even the most seemingly impossible situations .

Very quick read (finished it in a day) and highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670062980
Author:
Chaltas, Thalia
Publisher:
Speak
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Social Issues - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100223
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.80x5.60x1.20 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
12-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Chaltas's novel of poems marks an intensely powerful debut. Anke and her older siblings, Darren and Yaicha, may appear typical teenagers in public, but their home life is dominated by their father. Though he is verbally, physically and sexually abusive to her brother and sister, Anke seems beyond his notice ('with a sick/ acidic/ burbling/ bile/ i want what they have/ as horrible/ curdling/ vile/ as it is/ darren and yaicha/ get more/ than/ me'). The distance between the family members — separated by their silence — is palpable, as is Anke's growing sense of strength, partly due to her participation in volleyball at school ('My lungs are claiming expanding territory./ This is my voice./ This is MY BALL'). Though the pace is quick, tension builds slowly, almost agonizingly, as acts of abuse collect (a large bruise glimpsed on Darren's torso, muffled sounds from Yaicha's room that can't be tuned out). Readers will recognize the inevitability of an explosive confrontation, but the particulars will still shock. Incendiary, devastating, yet — in total — offering empowerment and hope, Chaltas's poems leave an indelible mark. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This unflinching debut novel told in verse is about a girl, her family, and the devastating power of silence in an abusive house of horrors.
"Synopsis" by ,

Ankes father is abusive to her brother and sister. But not to her. Because, to him, she is like furniture— not even worthy of the worst kind of attention. Then Anke makes the school volleyball team. She loves feeling her muscles after workouts, an ache that reminds her she is real. Even more, Anke loves the confidence that she gets from the sport. And as she learns to call for the ball on the court, she finds a voice she never knew she had. For the first time, Anke is making herself seen and heard, working toward the day she will be able to speak up loud enough to rescue everyone at home— including herself.

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