Stephie is pregnant. Dontay's parents are in prison. Carmen has been arrested for DUI. Katie's stepfather is abusive. They are among the troubled kids who feel safe and secure hanging out at the house of fellow teen Keesha. Written as a series of poems, this critically acclaimed novel is a beautiful and powerful tale that explores the very real problems teenagers face.
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by Helen Frost
"Individual actors take on the voices of different characters to narrate chapters told from alternating viewpoints in Frost's award-winning novel-in-poems. The story revolves around a group of teens whose lives intersect through Keesha, a girl who has taken refuge with Joe, an adult who leaves his homes open to kids with nowhere else to go. It's hard to tell these vignettes are poems as the stories unfold in bits and pieces while Keesha works to organize her own life and reach out to others in need. Listeners will be able to identify each character's distinct and memorable voice. A compelling and powerful listen. A.F. 2005 Audie Award Finalist, 2005 YALSA Selection (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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