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CROSSING STONES by Helen Frost

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STEPPING THROUGH HISTORY

Cupped hand sonnet path.

River crossing. Suffragette.

War. Hunger. Farm. Love.

 

Nitty Gritty:

Middle grade / YA (grades 6-10)

Verse novel

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

Family farms

Friendship

Based on historical truths

Tight writing, vivid imagery, unique form.