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Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant

Pieces of Georgia

by Jen Bryant

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The format of this book is great. A young girl is given a diary in which to write her thoughts as though she were speaking with her dead mother. Georgia is such a believable teen, pretty mature for her age, but after losing a parent, I think it is pretty realistic. I especially enjoying all the art descriptions and quotes..it made me get out my old textbooks to look up the paintings she was describing. ( )
  mmillet | Dec 14, 2009 |
Somewhat disappointing. Everything about the book led me to believe it would be engaging, tear-jerking and totally memorable, but instead, the author veers through countless mini-scenarios that bore the reader. There were so few moments when the book came to life for me that I would be hesitant to recommend it to younger readers. ( )
  anniecase | Feb 5, 2009 |
Georgia McCoy doesn't know how she'll fill up the empty journal she was given by her guidance counselor because she's at risk--her mom died a few years ago, her dad doesn't communicate much, and she feels like she has to hide her artistic tendencies from him because they remind him of her mom. Then one day she gets a membership to the Brandywine River Museum in the mail from "anonymous." She goes to the museum and learns about the painting styles of the 3 generations of Wyeths who have pictures there, things begin to change for Georgia. She learns not just about art, but about life, and starts putting the broken pieces of her life back together through her art. ( )
  becker | Feb 2, 2009 |
Very sweet. Great character development. A thirteen year old girl is still coping with the death of her mother six years earlier. A school councelor gives her a journal and asks her to write down things that she would ask her mother if she were here.

She learns much about herself and the people around her through the journaling, her art, and studying the lives and works of several artists. ( )
  NovelHorse | Dec 4, 2007 |
Well done, poetic/prose style, teenage girl whose Mother has died and Father has gone quiet. She is artistic and uses her art to emerge; inspiring greater openness with her father and her friends. ( )
  LoisCK | Feb 3, 2007 |
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Like her mother, Georgia McCoy is an artist, but her dad looks away whenever he sees her with a sketchbook. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what it was like when her mother was still alive . . . when they were a family . . . when they were happy. But then a few days after her 13th birthday, Georgia receives an unexpected gift–a strange, formal letter, all typed up and signed anonymous–granting her free admission to the Brandywine River Museum for a whole year. And things begin to change.
An accessible novel in poems, Pieces of Georgia offers an endearing protagonist–an aspiring artist, a grieving daughter, a struggling student, a genuine friend–and the poignant story of a broken family coming together.

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In journal entries to her mother, a gifted artist who died suddenly, thirteen-year-old Georgia McCoy reveals how her life changes after she receives an anonymous gift membership to a nearby art museum.

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