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ISBN: 9780312603830144 Pages, Ages 10-14
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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.
North Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List, Best Books of Indiana: Children/Young Adult Category, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), An Indie Next Kids' List Great Read, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List, Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA), Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, Lion & Unicorn Award-Exc. NA Poet Honor, Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book A ML, IN Eugene & Marilyn Glick IN Authors, Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Master List, Michigan Mitten Award, North Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry Honor Book, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Texas Lone Star Reading List, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML
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