All He Knew

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$18.99  $17.66
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Helen Frost is the author of several books for young people, including When My Sister Started Kissing, Salt, Hidden, Diamond Willow, Crossing Stones, The Braid, and Keesha's House, which was selected as an Honor Book for the Michael L. Printz Award. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

"This must-have is an instant classic of historical fiction. . .Written in eloquent free verse and sonnets, it's an excellent poetry-teaching tool as well." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Frost's smooth, burnished verse, ranging from free verse to sonnets, unfolds the story nimbly. While the historically based picture of the institution and its view of disability is appropriately horrifying, the book carefully avoids turning this into a stereotypical rescue drama. . .The result is an absorbing story of a boy and his family oppressed by circumstances but, rewardingly, finding a way to rise above them. Extensive notes explore the history of conscientious objectors and the relative on whom the story is based." --The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, starred review

"Frost brings Henry's experiences sharply into focus through her spare, evocative storytelling." --Booklist

"In portraying Henry's perspective, Printz winner Frost deftly sketches his heightened senses and keen observations, such as regarding the institution's oppressive stench ("something like potatoes/ forgotten in a corner of the kitchen"). . .Frost balances descriptions of institutional abuse with strong characters and enduring hope." --Publishers Weekly

"Full of historical richness and glimpses of the cruelty and abuse so common in the institutions of the era. Frost's interpretation is softened by the hopeful conclusion of Henry's return home and his introduction to American Sign Language." --The Horn Book