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Pearl Verses the World

by Sally Murphy
Illustrated by Heather Potter

Published by U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2011
73 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠩636-48213

Ages 8-10

揟here are three people at our house: me, / my mom, / and my granny. / And that is how it has been / for as long as I can remember. But Pearl抯 Granny no longer remembers who Pearl is. Pearl抯 feelings about Granny抯 illness, and then her death, are at the heart of this tender story in the voice of a young poet. For Pearl, home has always been her haven梩he place where she is seen and understood. In the schoolyard she feels invisible. In the classroom, her teacher, Miss Bruff, asks the students to write poems 搘ith lots of rhyme and rhythm卼here is no rhythm in me. / There is no rhythm in my life. As she navigates her feelings of sadness and grief, Pearl finds some unexpected connections梬ith her teacher, with a classmate梐nd the ability to 揻eel happy-sad / that life goes on. Sally Murphy writes about dying, death, and grief with honesty and depth in this short, surprising novel featuring delicate black-and-white illustrations on almost every page.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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