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ISBN: 9780312641276144 Pages, Ages 12-18
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An unforgettable narrative collage told in poems
Keesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can't make it on their own. They are Stephie – pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about; Jason – Stephie's boyfriend, torn between his responsibility to Stephie and the baby and the promise of a college basketball career; Dontay – in foster care while his parents are in prison, feeling unwanted both inside and outside the system; Carmen – arrested on a DUI charge, waiting in a juvenile detention center for a judge to hear her case; Harris – disowned by his father after disclosing that he's gay, living in his car, and taking care of himself; Katie – angry at her mother's loyalty to an abusive stepfather, losing herself in long hours of work and school.
Stretching the boundaries of traditional poetic forms – sestinas and sonnets – Helen Frost's extraordinary debut novel for young adults weaves together the stories of these seven teenagers as they courageously struggle to hold their lives together and overcome their difficulties.
Keesha's House is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, Michael L. Printz Award - Honor, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, IN Eugene & Marilyn Glick IN Authors, Missouri Gateway Readers Award Master List, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers, Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award ML