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A heart like Ringo Starr

by High, Linda Oatman,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: On Order 1 copy
On Order (1)
Location Collection Status
CLP - Library for the Blind Children's Large Print Books IN PROCESSING
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Children's Large Print Books
Themes: Realistic Fiction, Poetry, Verse, Hope, Faith, Death, Miracles, 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. Her family runs Stevens Brothers Funeral Home. Which is ironic, since Faith Hope Stevens is not long for this world. Unless someone dies. Unless there is a match. Staying alive will mean a heart transplant. Faith copes with wit and nerve. She's also a little pissed off. She will never grow old. She will never have a boyfriend. Then one shocking day everything changes ...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
Booklist Review: "Faith Hope Stevens has heart fail, as she calls it. Without a transplant, neither faith nor hope will save her, so she takes solace in the company of her heartbroken parents, sweet little brother, and Great-Aunt Mary. In this verse narrative, death pervades everything, as Faith's family happens to run the local funeral parlor. The second section of the book opens with a fatal car accident that kills Vinnie, a neighbor. Suddenly, Faith is shuttled off to Johns Hopkins for a transplant that gives her life and changes her outlook on it. When she meets mesmerizing Jimmy Winters and learns that Vinnie was his cousin, the dots start to connect. High writes in a definitively sparse rhyming text with elements of concrete poetry, which should engage readers willing to appreciate topics of terminal illness, death and despair, and hey now! romance and renewal. A satisfying read, especially for those with a soft spot for the Beatles. The author has, after all, written a sad song and made it better.--Bush, Gail Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "High's novel in verse for the Gravel Road series, written at a third-grade reading level, introduces a strong-willed 17-year-old girl awaiting a heart transplant. Faith Hope Stevens has been sickly ever since she was born with "A slacker of a ticker/ and not enough air/ in my lungs/ or in my blood." In sparse poems, she expresses her thoughts on her condition, her family's treatment of her, and the experience of receiving a new heart. A too-tidy ending and several forced rhymes detract from the emotional tug of the central plot, but fans of this format will still find much to enjoy. Ages 14-18. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Gravel road.
Subjects Heart -- Transplantation -- Patients -- Fiction.
Teenage girls -- Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher [Costa Mesa, California] :2015
Audience Grade Level: 9 to 12.
Language English
Notes Includes a sneak peek at: Teeny little grief machines.
Description 250 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781622509683
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