April is National Poetry Month! What better way to celebrate than by reading a OneFour debut book! Here’s a look at some of our books that have a special tie-in to poetry:
THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY
a middle grade novel – available May 1st
Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. She thinks she’s found it with Mrs. Greene and her daughter Lacey so when her mother says it’s time to move on again, Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels. She’ll always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.
Now faced with making a home with a grandmother she’s never met, and according to her mother, didn’t want her in the first place, Grace is desperate to get back to Mrs. Greene and Lacey. A mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on, may must be the key. It all begins with a crane. And Grace is sure it’s her mother showing her the way home.
HOPE IS A FERRIS WHEEL
a middle grade novel – available now
Ten-year-old Star Mackie lives in a trailer park with her flaky mom and her melancholy older sister, Winter, whom Star idolizes. Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue hair. But when Star starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through Dickinson’s poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future.
a novel in verse – available now
Carlos knows when the soldiers arrive with warnings about the Communist rebels, it’s time to be a man and defend the village, keep everyone safe. But Mama tells him not yet—he’s still her quiet moonfaced boy. The soldiers laugh at the villagers, and before they move on, a neighbor is found dangling from a tree, a sign on his neck: Communist.
Mama tells Carlos to run and hide, then try to find her. . . . Numb and alone, he must join a band of guerillas as they trek to the top of the mountain where Carlos’s abuela lives. Will he be in time, and brave enough, to warn them about the soldiers? What will he do then? A novel in verse inspired by actual events during Guatemala’s civil war, Caminar is the moving story of a boy who loses nearly everything before discovering who he really is.
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
a novel in verse – available in October 2014
Fifteen-year-old Laura Walberg can’t imagine life without sketching or painting. When her artist mother has a nervous breakdown the same week Laura’s teacher pressures her to enter a prestigious contest, Laura must face her fear that art will send her over the edge, too.
Driven by shame and rage, Laura hides her disintegrating home life from everyone, including her best friend. Neither her older sister nor her father recognizes her fear of going insane. Desperately alone, she considers suicide, faith healing, an unlikely relationship with a super-jock, and a new artistic endeavor. When Laura’s mother becomes violent, Laura vows to find the demon that is driving her crazy. An amazing discovery changes Laura forever and opens her heart to the mother she never knew.
KISS OF BROKEN GLASS
a YA novel – coming September 2014
After she’s caught in the school bathroom cutting herself with the blade from a pencil sharpener, fifteen-year-old Kenna is put under mandatory psychiatric watch, where she feels like she’s lost everything – her blade, her friends, her freedom. She has seventy-two hours to face her addiction, deal with rejection, and find an answer to the question – What do you do when nothing stops the hurt but pain? An incandescent novel that pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page. KISS OF BROKEN GLASS is unforgettable.
If you’ve read a good novel with poems lately, we’d love to hear about it in the comments. Happy Poetry Month!
|Skila Brown has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee, lived for a bit in Guatemala, and now resides with her family in Indiana. Her debut novel, CAMINAR, is available now from Candlewick Press.|