Crossing Stones: Book summary and reviews of Crossing Stones by Helen Frost

Crossing Stones

by Helen Frost

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Crossing Stones by Helen Frost
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2009
    192 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Eighteen-year-old Muriel Jorgensen lives on one side of Crabapple Creek. Her family's closest friends, the Normans, live on the other. For as long as Muriel can remember, the families' lives have been intertwined, connected by the crossing stones that span the water. But now that Frank Norman—who Muriel is just beginning to think might be more than a friend—has enlisted to fight in World War I and her brother, Ollie, has lied about his age to join him, the future is uncertain. As Muriel tends to things at home with the help of Frank's sister, Emma, she becomes more and more fascinated by the women's suffrage movement, but she is surrounded by people who advise her to keep her opinions to herself. How can she find a way to care for those she loves while still remaining true to who she is?

Written in beautifully structured verse, Crossing Stones captures nine months in the lives of two resilient families struggling to stay together and cross carefully, stone by stone, into a changing world.

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"Starred Review. Frost skillfully pulls her characters back from stereotype with their poignant, private, individual voices and nuanced questions, which will hit home with contemporary teens, about how to recover from loss and build a joyful, rewarding future in an unsettled world." - Booklist

"Starred Review. With care and precision, Frost deftly turns plainspoken conversations and the internal monologues of her characters into stunning poems that combine to present three unique and thoughtful perspectives on war, family, love and loss. Heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful, this is one to savor. Ages 12+" - Kirkus Reviews

"Frost's warmly sentimental novel covers a lot of political, social, and geographical ground, and some of the supporting characters are not fully fleshed out. But this is Muriel's story, and her determined personality and independence will resonate with readers..." - School Library Journal

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This book is a very good book. I love the heartbreak and love!! Keep up the good work and may God bless you and your family Mrs. Helen Frost!!

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Helen Frost

Helen Frost, the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, is the author of numerous books for teens, including Keesha's House, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, The Braid, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and, most recently, Diamond Willow, a Children's Indie Next List Great Read. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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