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Keesha's Houseby Helen Frost
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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 cant make it on their own. They are Stephie - pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about; Jason - Stephies 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 hes gay, living in his car, and taking care of himself; Katie - angry at her mothers 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 Frosts 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.
About the Author
Helen Frost is the author of Spinning Through the Universe and The Braid, which Booklist, in a starred review, called "powerful," as well as a volume of poetry for adults and many nonfiction books for young readers. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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