Harper is an aspiring poet, and life is giving her a lot to write about just now. Daddy up and walked out, leaving them with too many bills, too little money, and an eviction notice. Now Mama is scrambling to make ends meet, leaving Harper to stay home and take care of her brother. Their whole world has been turned upside down, which Harper could just about handle—if it wasn't for the poetry contest at school. More than anything, she wants to get up on that stage and read her poems out loud. But how can she worry about getting back to school when she doesn't even know where she's going to sleep tonight?
CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, OR Battle of the Books Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML
"Hey, Hem." I moved a couple of boxes aside so he could come in. "You don't believe in letting a person settle themselves in before you get to bothering them, now, do you?"
But I patted the corner of the bed. Hemingway's company wasn't so...
Praise for Also Known As Harper
“First-time novelist Leal creates complex characters from various walks of life… The cards are stacked against Harper and her family, but it is inspiring to watch her find success with a pen, paper and a little hope.” —Publishers Weekly
“Memorable characterizations fill the book with realistic individuals whom readers will root for and celebrate with when their lives finally begin to improve.” —School Library Journal
“First-time novelist Leal takes a narrative with familiar elements…and elevates it with her characters, who...are sharply and sympathetically drawn. One of the highlights is Harper's poetry, interspersed throughout the book…they are written in a clear and natural way that will speak to readers and make them think.” —Booklist
“The likable characters, their misfortunes and especially their self-reliance will keep readers...enthralled. A poignant debut.” —Kirkus Reviews
“From Harper to Winnie Rae Early, the characters are memorable as are the descriptive passages…This book is rich with discussion opportunity for middle grade students” —VOYA