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Teeny little grief machines

by High, Linda Oatman,

Format: Print Book 2014
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Themes: Realistic Fiction, Poetry, Verse, Depression, Self Harm, Death, Teen Angst, Teen, Young Adult, Hi-Lo, Hi-Lo Books, Hi-Lo Solutions, High-Low Books, Hi-Low Books, ELL, EL, ESL, Struggling Learner, Struggling Reader, Special Education, SPED, Newcomers, Reading, Learning, Education, Educational, Educational Books. Like watching a movie frame by frame, we watch Lexi come unglued in this novel in verse. She's alienated from school and family. Her father is in the county jail. She cannot connect with her chain-smoking stepmom. Her brother, Blaine, is trapped in his own autistic world. And her infant sister's death has sent her into a spiral of grief and rebellion. Bright, witty, and irreverent, Lexi tries to navigate the rocky transition from adolescent to young woman. Just like prose, a novel in verse tells a story. But verse is unique because readers access the text through short "chapters," or poems. The varying lengths of the chapters are ideal for a struggling reader, giving them breaks to collect their thoughts, to imagine the characters in their mind's eye, and to set the scene--like a frame in a movie. The structure of poetry makes the books appear less intimidating, with plenty of airy white space. Moreover, the depth and substance conveyed in verse is every bit as deep and real as in a Gravel Road prose novel.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "It's never been easy for 16-year-old Lexi to live with her dysfunctional family. But when her infant stepsister dies suddenly, her father goes to jail for his second DUI, and her autistic stepbrother goes missing on Lexi's watch, the cumulative grief and pressure cause Lexi to come unmoored, and she suffers a depressive breakdown. Lexi unflinchingly shares her emotions as she narrates her experiences in the brief poems that serve as chapters in this Gravel Road Verse volume, which is written at a third-grade reading level. Though Lexi lacks a strong support system at home, High depicts Lexi receiving professional medical help for her illness while introducing positive adult figures at her school. Lexi makes a solid and hopeful recovery in a way that suggests a new phase of her teenage life and doesn't come across as pat or predictable. Simultaneously available: Otherwise. Ages 15-up. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Gravel road.
Subjects Teenage girls -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Publisher [Costa Mesa, Calif.] :2014
Language English
Description 243 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781622508839
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