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FREE PDF Ì Diamond Willow õ There s to me thanmost peopleseeTwelve year old Willow would rather blend in than stick out But she still wants to be seen for who she is She wants her parents to notice that she is growing up She wants her best friend to like her better than she likes a certain boy She wants, than anything, to mush the dogs out to her grandparents house, by herself, with Roxy in the lead But sometimes when it s just you, one mistake can have frightening consequences And when Willow stumbles, it takes a surprising group of friends to help her make things right againUsing diamond shaped poems inspired by forms found in polished diamond willow sticks, Helen Frost tells the moving story of Willow and her family Hidden messages within each diamond carry the reader further, into feelings Willow doesn t reveal even to herself Diamond Willow is aBank Street Best Children s Book of the Year Aside from the fact that I don t believe all the pieces are poems indeed, I don t think MOST of them are so the author s claim in her introduction of these being diamond shaped poems does not gel with my perception of poetry, the book is really STRONG.Of course, love the design and the hidden heart message in each piece Love the magical realistic spirited animals of the deceased Love the surprising twists toward the end about Roxy Diamond Totally enjoyed the realism of this young girl s Aside from the fact that I don t believe all the pieces are poems indeed, I don t think MOST of them are so the author s claim in her introduction of these being diamond shaped poems does not gel with my perception of poetry, the book is really STRONG.Of course, love the design and the hidden heart message in each piece Love the magical realistic spirited animals of the deceased Love the surprising twists toward the end about Roxy Diamond Totally enjoyed the realism of this young girl s search for self and the missing half even without knowing it at first Much enjoyed the setting and the supporting characters This has been such a pleasure to read.Notes to self p 69 If the Spruce Hen can recognize Albert in the Lynx form, why couldn t the Chicadee recognize the Spruce Hen as Jean Ah some of them could figure out who others are, but others can t So glad that it got resolved I make a point of telling everyone who will listen that the best writers are children s YA authors The last two books I finished The Underneath by Kathi Appelt and this one are perfect examples Books that are funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful, hopeful without crossing the line into sappiness just beautifully written books.Diamond Willow is written in a sort of prose, with 90% of the pages containing diamond shaped text Within each diamond shaped page is a hidden message in bold print I make a point of telling everyone who will listen that the best writers are children s YA authors The last two books I finished The Underneath by Kathi Appelt and this one are perfect examples Books that are funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful, hopeful without crossing the line into sappiness just beautifully written books.Diamond Willow is written in a sort of prose, with 90% of the pages containing diamond shaped text Within each diamond shaped page is a hidden message in bold print This may seem gimmicky, but it works because Frost is such a great writer who has so much respect for her audience 10 14 year olds, by my reckoning The character of Willow is a bit of an outcast, as so many lead characters in young adult literature tend to be, but she is so believable the choices she makes, the things she does, the words she says very true Willow lives in a remote town in Alaska, where she longs to take her family s sled dogs out for a run on her own One of the dogs, Roxy, is particularly special to Willow and her father I don t want to give away much of the story, so I ll stop there, but I can say that it took me about 3 hours total to read Oh, and Helen Frost lives in my hometown of Fort Wayne The sentence I told you so is deeply satisfying Granted, the satisfaction you feel when you say it only lasts a minute or two, but for a little while, as you do your I told you so dance, you get to feel that thrill of vindication sweeping through your veins I often feel this way when an author or illustrator I ve liked over the years starts garnering a littlenotice Admittedly Helen Frost is maybe not the best example I could call up After all, she won a Printz Honor a couple years The sentence I told you so is deeply satisfying Granted, the satisfaction you feel when you say it only lasts a minute or two, but for a little while, as you do your I told you so dance, you get to feel that thrill of vindication sweeping through your veins I often feel this way when an author or illustrator I ve liked over the years starts garnering a littlenotice Admittedly Helen Frost is maybe not the best example I could call up After all, she won a Printz Honor a couple years back for her book Keesha s House and her recent picture book Monarch and Milkweed has been getting nothing but sweet sweet loving from professional reviewers All that aside, I ve never felt that anyone has ever given Ms Frost enough attention for her cleverness When The Braid was published several years ago it was so smart, so sharp, and so interesting that it took everything I had not to bop people over the head with it at dinner parties BOP Read this BOP Read this No such bopping will be necessary with her newest novel, though Diamond Willow aims younger than Frost s usual teenaged fare Examining the relationship between a girl and her sled dog, Frost combines her standard intelligent wordplay with a story that will catch in the throats of dog lovers and people lovers alike.Take the branch of a willow tree, carve it down, get to the center, polish it, and there where the scar of a living branch remains you will find the shape of a diamond A diamond willow branch is pretty special but middle schooler Diamond Willow, named after the natural wonder, doesn t feel very special at all She has a hard time making friends at school and sometimes it seems like her dad loves his sled dogsthan her Not that Willow doesn t love the dogs too, particularly Roxy, the smart and clever lead dog who always knows the way Willow s getting older and one day she convinces her parents to let her take the dogs to her grandparents house When tragedy strikes and Roxy s eyes are harmed along the way, Willow does whatever she can to protect her furred friend from her parents flawed intentions As she does so, secrets long since buried begin to come to light and Willow gets a better idea of who she is and what Roxy really means to her Every page containing Willow s thoughts appears in the shape of a diamond, a buried message found at the heart of each of these free verse poems.Maybe the reason Frost s The Braid never got the attention it deserved was that it was too clever for its own good As I recall, Frost braided her poems over and under themselves, weaving sentences and even details like her characters ages into the mix Or maybe the reason was simpler than that Maybe people just don t appreciate it when a poem is smarter than they are None of this is to say that Frost hasn t been doing some pretty fancy footwork with this book too.The fact that a shrub willow s diamond pattern forms when a piece of it has been roughly hewn away in some matter isthan a little significant to this tale As with a real diamond willow, the center of each diamond poem contains a dark spot at the center Often Frost will place certain letters in bold at strategic moments If the reader chooses to read these dark words on their own, they ll encounter thoughts and feelings hidden within Willow Many of these feel as if they are her innermost feelings The kind of gut reaction or subconscious understanding that she may not even be aware that she feels On page six, for example, Willow describes her state in life In the middle of my family in the middle of a middle size town in the middle of Alaska, you will find middle size, middle kid, me It doesn t look like much when I pull the sentence apart and place it on a page like this, but the message of find me is clear as crystal This is someone who wants to be found, even if she can t express it directly Authors always try to find new and interesting ways to have their characters say what they think, and at the same time express what they mean Frost s technique is perfect for child readers and may cause them to concentrate a littleas they read each section.Willow is part Athabascan, a fact that is important to the story As she continues along her way her narrative, which began entirely with her diamond shaped thoughts, is broken up by the voices of animals And a few of these animals appear to be related to her The first time you see one of these sections, usually written in a straightforward prose style, it is introduced with, John, Willow s great great grandfather Red Fox And sure as shooting, we re hearing the impressions of a fox who just so happen to have also have been related to Willow in a past life It s tricky territory taking any particular ethnicity and assigning a spirituality to it that may or may not belong to the author herself I m not saying I was offended, but it s a difficult path to walk and I don t know that Frost need have gone that route Due to the fact that Roxy s speech near the end wraps up a lot of loose ends, I understand the desire to make someone else talk beforehand, but it s still sketchy territory At least Ms Frost handles it tastefully in any case.Farkid friendly than her previous books, Helen Frost has a knack for writing free verse novels that never feel like someone took a page of prose and broke it up arbitrarily Every sentence, word, and syllable in this book is crafted and honed If a diamond willow branch needs to be polished to look and feel right then I think it s safe to say that just as much polish must go into Ms Frost s four sided works of art A dog story sure, but one that definitely forgive me separates itself from the pack Animal poetry done right Ages 8 14 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Oh, wow, did I hate this book.And sure, I didn t care for the diamond shaped text, which I felt took me out of the story every time I turned a page and the bolded words that formed the extra message on each page really interfered with tracking the words as I read the regular text but that wasn t really a big deal.The story was basically fine with me up until Willow decides to rescue Roxy For one thing, I would expect a girl raised around sled dogs whose parents and grandparents hunt to be m Oh, wow, did I hate this book.And sure, I didn t care for the diamond shaped text, which I felt took me out of the story every time I turned a page and the bolded words that formed the extra message on each page really interfered with tracking the words as I read the regular text but that wasn t really a big deal.The story was basically fine with me up until Willow decides to rescue Roxy For one thing, I would expect a girl raised around sled dogs whose parents and grandparents hunt to be muchpractical about the need to euthanize a severely injured dog But instead, she thinks that if she can take the dog to her grandparents , they ll say oh, sure, we ll keep this injured dog that belongs to your dad that he and the vet decided to euthanize And even though she s already proven to herself and everyone else that she can t be trusted to take the dogs and sled out by herself, she decides to make the journey anyway WITH her best friend, who doesn t know a thing about mushing putting her in danger, too, and clearly getting her into trouble I certainly wasn t surprised when they got lost and had to stay out overnight, but I didn t have any sympathy for Willow.And then no one s angry, even a little bit When I got to the point where it turns out that the special sled dog is Willow s reincarnated twin sister that her parents AND her older brother never told about, I almost stopped reading disgusted with her parents, disgusted with the book But I was near the end, soAll along I had doubts about the creepy folksy presence of the reincarnated animals, but thank goodness, they weren t all as heavy handed as the first one and I didn t really believe the voice of the Athabascan ancestor who seemed so grumpy about technology I do wonder about assigning Athabascan spiritual beliefs to white ancestors