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Twelve-year-old Willow would rather blend in than stick out. But she still wants to be seen for who she is. She wants her parents to notice that she is growing up. She wants her best friend to like her better than she likes a certain boy. She wants, more than anything, to mush the dogs out to her grandparents' house, by herself, with Roxy in the lead. But sometimes when it's just you, one mistake can have frightening consequences . . . And when Willow stumbles, it takes a surprising group of friends to help her make things right again.
Using diamond-shaped poems inspired by forms found in polished diamond willow sticks, Helen Frost tells the moving story of Willow and her family. Hidden messages within each diamond carry the reader further, into feelings Willow doesn't reveal even to herself.
Diamond Willow is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML, Texas Lone Star Reading List, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry Honor Book, Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book A ML, Lion & Unicorn Award-Exc. NA Poet Honor, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, North Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, North Carolina Children's Book Award ML, IN Eugene & Marilyn Glick IN Authors, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, An Indie Next Kids' List Great Read, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Michigan Mitten Award, Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA), Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Best Books of Indiana: Children/Young Adult Category, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List, Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
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