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Skylark
By author: Sara Cassidy
Selling Points: slam poetry, homelessness, siblings, family
ISBN: 9781459805903
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/15/2014
Fry Reading Level: 4.1
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 12+
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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Angie lives in an old car with her brother and mother. Homeless after their father left to find work, the family struggles to stay together and live as normally as possible. It is difficult though. Between avoiding the police and finding new places to park each night, it is a constant struggle. When Angie discovers slam poetry, she finds a new way to express herself and find meaning and comfort in a confusing world.


The Vancouver Sun - August 1, 2014
"Beautifully written...[Cassidy] demonstrates how much can be said, shown and suggested in compact fashion in this novel which is full bodied in its every aspect...In succinct, reverberating episodic chapters that merge past with present, Angie relates how her family came to be living in a car, what it is like for them to live there and her hope for a home. Angie’s narration reads like confessional/prose poem monologue...[The characters are] drawn by Cassidy with deeply affecting sensitivity."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books - June 1, 2014
"Contains a lot of power in a small package; the prose is straightforward yet lyrical, without a wasted word. The result is an ultimately uplifting treatment of a difficult subject that is both accessible and artful...Angie’s poetic sensibilities give her the through-line she needs to cope with being homeless and enable the book to deliver its message without being messagey; readers needn’t be strongly committed to poetry to appreciate this, but those that are won’t be disappointed."
Booklist - April 15, 2014
"Any teen who has felt like an outsider will identify with Angie’s attraction to the coffee-shop scene and be inspired by her family’s determination to support one another. The short chapters, simple language, and matter-of-fact narration make this Orca Soundings entry of appeal to reluctant readers."
CM Magazine - February 14, 2014
"The plot is believable and has quick pacing, making it a pleasure to read...The book fulfills expectations for a high-low reader and would make a great addition to any middle school library. Recommended."
Resource Links - February 1, 2014
"The plot is always moving forward to keep the reader engaged and interested. This perfectly mirrors the very heavy-handed subject matter, by presenting it in an easy to access way...A very rewarding read and one in which at-risk students will find hope."

Awards

CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2014
Bolen Books Children's Book Prize nominee, short-listed  CA  2014

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