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Keesha's House by Helen Frost

Keesha's House

by Helen Frost

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Not my favorite, although recommended by someone I trust. I didn't find the adolescent voices believable. ( )
  Debra_Armbruster | Jun 15, 2015 |
Follows 6 different teens as they make very tough decisions when their are not what they should be ( )
  TeamDewey | Mar 2, 2014 |
Helen Frost wrote this touching realistic story in poetic form written in the first person. In the story Frost shows the lives of seven teenagers and their struggles. Many of the characters feel they are alone in their struggles. Some find others who are facing the same inner struggles. On the cover of the book Keesha is standing by her house. The house is not really hers. It is a house set back off the street that belongs to Joe. Joe’s aunt took him in when he was very young and had nowhere to go. He in turn took in Keesha when she needed help. And in the story, Keesha helps others. This is a wonderful story of teens, abuse, loss of family, drinking, coming out of the closet, and pregnancy. Through the whole book you can feel the strength and personality of the characters. I highly recommend this book, especially, teens who feel there is no hope and they are the only ones to ever face these struggles. At the end of the book Frost gives a website to visit and she gives some simplified directions to understand the sestina, sonnet, and tritina forms of poetry.
  KarenNunez | Dec 28, 2013 |
Summary: this is a story of seven friends who's lives all intertwine, as they all deal with their own personal struggles. they tell their stories in a poetic format.

Personal: I really enjoyed this book, not only did it set poetry and the way it is written in a new light but the different people telling their sides of their story, showed their emotions and maybe even their personality, and attitude toward life, the people around them and their situation in general

Extension: 1. Students can make dairy and keep it for the year, it will tell the story of their life in that year and they will write in some type of poetic format

2. this could be a book to keep in your library for middle school or early high school student who might be going through situations in their personal life. ( )
  Jalyn.Yarbrough | Nov 17, 2013 |
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Keesha's House is a novel in verse about the lives of 6 teens and how they struggle through issues like sexual abuse, homophobia, poverty, pregnancy, and homelessness. I admire Frost's work because it deals with very tough issues in a way that gives youth voice. In addition, it doesn't remain completely dark, but ultimately shows the power of friendship and care in the face of adversity.
  jdg1399 | Jun 6, 2013 |
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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.

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Seven teens facing such problems as pregnancy, closeted homosexuality, and abuse each describe in poetic forms what caused them to leave home and where they found home again.

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