Friday, March 19, 2010

Crossing Stones

Crossing Stones
by Helen Frost
Historical fiction/verse
178 pages
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009

Two families live on opposite sides of Crabapple Creek. The parents are great friends as are the teen-age children of both families. Everyone dotes on little seven-year-old Grace. It is spring of 1917 and eighteen-year-old Muriel is struggling more than her peers with the idea of the war raging in Europe as well as the fact that women aren't considered equal to men. Though she is quite opinionated, Muriel is fairly content with life until the realities of war strike close to home. A tender and touching glimpse into the everyday life of a family trying to survive and thrive in a world of turmoil. Helen Frost does an amazing job of crafting her novel. The well-worded verses also act as illustrations due to their layout design. A fabulous historical fiction that I will gladly add to my personal collection someday. (If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend the author's previous two novels The Braid and Diamond Willow.)

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