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KEESHA’S HOUSE by Helen Frost

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Sestina. Sonnet.

Emotional trauma. Truth.

Joy, pain, rage. Safe house.


Nitty Gritty:

YA (grades 9 and up)

Verse novel

Eight parts – two forms – Sestina and Sonnet

Multiple first person POV – variety of teenage voices

Form gives structure and filter for painful and emotional traumas and truths

Themes – pain, joy, love, rage

One house – many lives

Safe house, safe haven, home away from broken homes

Classic poetic forms provide safe structure for painful modern content

Titles give clues to each poem’s speaker/subject

Authors note at end explains traditions of poetic forms – handed down over generations, allowing exploration and distraction, leading to deeper images and ideas