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Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

March 6th, 2007 (05:22 am)
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Current Song: I Could Get Used to This by The Veronicas

Reaching for Sun celebrates the growth of a young girl who flourishes over the course of a year, just like the flowers in her family's garden. As things change with the seasons, so does she, thanks in part to an unexpected new friend, her motivated mother, and her inspirational grandmother.

Josie was born with cerebral palsy, a condition which has affected one side of her body more than the other. She is a little shy and a little embarrassed to be in the special education class. She is very close to her mother and her grandmother, but hasn't any close friends at school.

Reaching for Sun is a verse novel told from Josie's point of view. Though Josie sometimes has difficulties expressing herself and speaking her thoughts, her voice on the page is full of strength. The book is split into four portions, marking each season and accentuating it with a famous quote. The floral motif is punctuated with illustrations of a flower slowly sprouting, budding, and opening on the bottom of the right-hand pages, creating a sort of flipbook, akin to that in What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones.

A beautiful book simply told, I recommend Reaching for Sun alongside Rules by Cynthia Lord, Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown, and So B. It by Sarah Weeks, all well-written stories in which young characters and/or their family members overcome physical limitations and discover their inner strengths.

Put it to you this way: I enjoyed this book so much that it is already on my Best Books of 2007 list. This book will be a valuable addition to your bookshelves and to your library, be it at home, school, or work.

In short: Highly recommended.

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Read my 2007 interview with author Tracie Vaughn Zimmer.
Read my 2008 interview with author Tracie Vaughn Zimmer.
I posted my favorite poem from this novel, Poppies, one Poetry Friday.

Comments

Posted by: cynthialord (cynthialord)
Posted at: February 18th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)

Reaching for Sun is such a wonderful book, and Tracie couldn't be a nicer person. I'm really hoping to pass my Schneider Family Book Award tiara off to her next year.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 18th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)

Aw!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)

Sounds wonderful. I just read Rules this week and loved it. I'll be looking for Reaching for the Sun when it comes out. Thanks for the recommendation.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)

The last message was from me.

Vivian
http://hipwritermama.blogspot.com

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)

Hi Vivian! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 19th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)

Fantastic! Hurrah!

Posted by: Amanda Marrone (amanda_marrone)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
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Off to Amazon to get this--I think Merry will like reading this!!! Thanks for blogging about it!!

Posted by: Amanda Marrone (amanda_marrone)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
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It's not out yet--sigh. Funny it's from Bloomsbury--my story about a girl with CP got rejected in the fall because they said they had something similar--wonder if this is it. Well, I preordered it at least.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)

It's a small world. Wow. I hope someone else picked it up.

Yay for preorder!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)

You are welcome! How are is Miss Merry doing?

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