Catching a Storyfish

Available

Product Details

Price
$17.99
Publisher
Wordsong
Publish Date
Pages
224
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.8 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781629794297

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Janice Harrington is the author of the picture books Going North (Ezra Jack Keats Award winner), The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County (an ALA Notable Book), and Busy-Busy Little Chick. She is also the award-winning writer of two poetry books for adults. Among her honors is a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry. A former librarian and professional storyteller, Ms. Harrington now teaches creative writing in the Department of English at the University of Illinois and lives in Champaign, Illinois. janiceharrington.com.

Reviews

* "Keet, a girl from Alabama, loves language and storytelling, but her family's move to Illinois makes her feel silenced.... Harrington perfectly captures her character's growth by using all the tools poetry provides: artfully chosen words, thought-provoking metaphors, appropriate rhythm and pacing, and changing points of view.... Harrington also includes various poetic forms and a postscript offering additional information about each of them: an unusual addition for a title of this format.... Keet's is a simple and familiar-feeling story, but one that is understated, fully realized, deftly written, and utterly absorbing." -School Library Journal, starred review

* "Poet and storyteller Harrington offers a verse novel about a girl named Katharen, nicknamed Keet... When Keet's family moves from Alabama... she silences her storytelling voice. She slowly befriends Allegra, a Spanish-speaking girl who lives in the neighborhood, with whom she bonds after telling Allegra where her cockatoo escaped.... A gentle-spirited book about a black girl who almost gives up her gift but for love and friendship." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This lyrical novel in verse effortlessly weaves together multiple poetry forms to introduce readers to Katharen, called Keet, a young girl who loves to talk and spin stories.... The poems effectively convey conflicting emotions; different styles (haiku, concrete, blues, etc., ) express moods and nuances without being distracting... This is a wonderful addition to the novel-in-verse canon, whether enjoyed individually, shared as a read-aloud, or used as a class text." -Booklist