Acclaimed author Ruth White has penned many novels including a Newbery Honor Book. Piper's dad moves out of their house. She doesn't understand and hates that very big, ugly word-DIVORCE. But, Piper's poetry helps her cope with all the changes in her world as she realizes that she has to make some very important decisions of her own. The delightful talents of Nancy Wu gives voice to the poetry as it is meant to be heard. "This is a good balance of happiness and hard knocks, and many readers will recognize what Piper is up against when it comes to family life."-Booklist
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by Ruth White
by Jaclyn Moriarty
"This sensitively narrated story explores how poetry empowers the writer. Ten-year-old Piper Berry's idyllic life in a North Carolina town falls apart when her parents divorce. Her father marries a woman with two sons, whom he seems to favor. It all comes to a head when Piper, who longs for a horse, learns that her stepbrothers have been given their own horses. But through writing poetry Piper finds her voice, resolves her conflicts, and achieves resolution. Nancy Wu's narration is just right as she draws the listener into Piper's viewpoint while shifting smoothly among characters. She captures a girl's sense of wonder, as well as the matter-of-factness that often masks a young person's hurt. Further, her apt reading of Piper's poems adds emotional resonance to the listening experience. E.S. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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