CROSSING STONES by Helen Frost
STEPPING THROUGH HISTORY
Cupped hand sonnet path.
River crossing. Suffragette.
War. Hunger. Farm. Love.
Middle grade / YA (grades 6-10)
First person POV
Poetic forms – free verse (main character, Muriel) and cupped hand sonnets with stone-like rounded shapes (secondary characters Ollie and Emma)
Free verse allows for rumination and reflection
Cupped hand sonnets between free verse give stones across a river effect
Poetic form — complicated to explain, easy to read — cupped hand sonnets (14 line poems with a set rhyme scheme) represent stepping stones, free verse represents a river
Epilogue from author explains poetic form
Set in 1917 and WWI
Themes: war, suffering, suffragette movement, hunger strike, trench warfare, love, loss, regret, longing, desire, hope
Based on historical truths
Tight writing, vivid imagery, unique form.