HEARTBEAT by Sharon Creech
WHY CAN’T EVERYONE JUST STAY THE SAME?
Run, run, thump, thump, Mom.
Baby, baby, new baby?
Come back Grandpa. Max?
Middle grade / YA (ages 8 and up)
First person POV
Main character – 12 year old Annie
Aimed at younger audience than most verse novels
Simple language – short sentences, simple words
Theme – new pregnancy of main character’s mother, rebirth, transformation, transition (out with the old, in with the new such as Grandpa’s impending death and Mom’s impeding pregnant)
But, is transformation/birth/death theme sometimes pushed too hard and too far? == Sometimes plot / language / dialogue feel out of character and off target — main character feels too young, too naive, younger than a 12 year old girl…
Poetry = tight and economical
Poetic language paints word pictures that form graphic mental images
Dialogue portrayed in italics gives novel immediacy and power