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Pearl Verses the World

Pearl Verses the World

Spring 2012 Fiction
Ages: Infant
Author: Sally Murphy
Illustrator: Heather Potter
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763648213
Hardcover Price: $14.99

"Where is the book / about a girl / whose poems don't rhyme / and whose Granny is fading?" The answer is right here in this sensitively written story in poetry, Pearl Verses the World by Sally Murphy. Pearl lives with her single mom and her grandma, but her beloved Granny suffers from an Alzheimer's-type illness and no longer recognizes her. This book does a wonderful job of reflecting the confusion, sorrow, and anger felt by children in this situation, as well as addressing other coming-of-age issues such as school trouble, fitting in, and boys. A good choice for tweens and young teens.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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