Academic journal article Language Arts

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Academic journal article Language Arts

Free Verse

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Free Verse Written by Sarah Dooley G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2016, 352 pp., ISBN 978-0-399-16503-0

Seventh-grader Sasha Harless has already experienced profound trauma. When she was five, her mother left; three years later, her father died in a coal-mining accident; and just recently, her older brother Michael succumbed in the line of duty as a firefighter. Her foster mother, Phyllis, is a kind and caring woman, but she is constantly distressed by Sasha's volatile aggression, intense anxiety, and frequent, desperate need to run away. Everywhere Sasha looks in her poverty-stricken town of Caboose, West Virginia, she is reminded of loss. When she discovers that her new neighbors are distant relatives, Sasha struggles with the possibility of loving and losing more family, as well as keeping the promise she made to Michael to one day leave Caboose. …

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