Thursday, October 22, 2009

Crossing Stones by Helen Frost

"You'd better straighten out your mind, Young Lady."

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Summary: In their own voices, four young people, Muriel, Frank, Emma, and Ollie, tell f their experiences during the first World War, as the boys enlist and are sent overseas, Emma finishes school, and Muriel fights for peace and women's suffrage.

Publisher: Frances Foster Books, 184 pages


Anonymous said...

I love Helen Frost's books! I'm so glad this one was added to the list!

Anonymous said...

I thought this was a fantastic book. I loved the way Frost took two very important events – the War and women’s rights – and intertwined them into a beautiful story.

I had a hard time understanding the verse, but Frost’s “Notes on the Form” at the end of the book shed light on that for me, and even made me head back again for a second look. I hold this book in an even higher respect due to the time, effort, and creativity Frost put into the “cupped-hand sonnets” of Ollie and Emma.

This is right up there with When You Reach Me for my top pick.