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Heartbeat (2004)

by Sharon Creech

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Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.

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This was a sweet poetry book that had a lot of very sweet and cool poems throughout it. I think that it would be a great book for a middle schooler who is learning about poetry, and all that it entails. I think that it can also be used in reference to literary devices,and eventually writing and creating your own poems. ( )
  elliemulree | Apr 4, 2022 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Heartwarming journey of a young girl as she experiences the challenges of growing up.
Annie struggles to find herself as a runner and artist but from unusual sources she begins to see her path. Excellent novel in verse. ( )
  SkeltonNEVClassroom | Jun 25, 2020 |
I throughly enjoyed this book, as I anticipated that I would having loved her other books as well! This book tells the story of Annie, a young girl living with her grandpa and parents who are expecting the birth of an "alien baby." Annie also has a best friend named Max who hasn't had the typical childhood, and uses running as a means of blowing off steam. Man wants Annie to run on the track team as he is, but she doesn't want to. It says a lot about Annie's character when she doesn't give in to the peer pressure of Max or the girls track coach to join the team. Annie is given an assignment in art class to draw the same Apple for 100 days straight! She learns that the apple looks a bit different over the course of those 100 days, but that her life also changes as well.

This book would be put to great use in the classroom by showing students how a poem doesn't need to rhyme to be considered a poem, and that some poems are the length of a book and tell an entire story! Exposing them to different variations of poetry can further open up different writing possibilities for them! ( )
  ashewert | Apr 21, 2020 |
An apple a day for 100 days. Heartbeat is a story told through the eyes of 12 year old Annie. Annie's life is going through many changes. Her mother is having a baby and she is watching her slowly fade away from dementia. Like her apple, the subject of her art project, her life is changing more and more each day. Beautifully written through poems Heartbeat gives a nice break from the rhythm of everyday life. ( )
  DJLunchlady91404 | May 12, 2019 |
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for my bella granddaugter Pearl Bella Benjamin and for my bello friend William C. Morris
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