Teeny Little Grief Machines

Teeny Little Grief Machines

Linda Oatman High (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612479989

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Just like prose, a novel in verse tells a story. But verse is unique because readers access the text through short chapters, or poems. The varying lengths of the chapters are ideal for a struggling reader, giving them breaks to collect their thoughts, to imagine the characters in their minds eye, and to set the scenelike a frame in a movie. The structure of poetry makes the books appear less intimidating, with plenty of airy white space. Moreover, the depth and substance conveyed in verse is every bit as deep and real as in a Gravel Road prose novel. Like watching a movie frame by frame, we watch Lexi is come unglued in this novel in verse. Shes alienated from school and family. Her father is in the county jail. She cannot connect with her chain-smoking stepmom. Her brother, Blaine, is trapped in his own autistic world. And her infant sisters death has sent her into a spiral of grief and rebellion. Bright, witty, and irreverent, Lexi tries to navigate the rocky transition from adolescent to young woman.

Reading Level
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Fountas Pinnell Guided Reading
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DRA
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Genre
Chapter Books Characters & Series
Interest Age
Ages 13+
Grade
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
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Language
English (US)
Fiction/Non-Fiction
Fiction
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