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Pearl Verses the World

Pearl Verses the World
 

In a lyrical novel told with clear-eyed sympathy, humor, and heart, Murphy follows a little girl who holds fast to her individuality, even as she learns to let go--and in daring to share her voice, discovers that maybe she's not a group of one after all. Illustrations.

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ISBN 9780763648213
Barcode 9780763648213
Published 23 August 2011 by Candlewick Press (MA)
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Murphy, Sally
Illustrated by Potter, Heather
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ISBN-13 9780763648213
ISBN-10 0763648213
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Candlewick Press (MA)
Imprint Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date 23 August 2011
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Murphy, Sally
Illustrated by Potter, Heather
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
School Stories
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Number of Pages 73
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 200g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Death, Poetry, Loneliness, Schools, Family life
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 234990

Description of this Book

At school, Pearl is a group of one, and at home her beloved granny is fading. A poignant gem of a tale about independence, grief, and finding your place. Pearl likes to write poems, but despite the insistence of her teacher, Ms. Bruff, Pearl's poems don't rhyme, and neither does she. She wishes she could grow gills so she could stay underwater in swim class without drowning. And she hasn't a clue why perfect Prudence bumps her desk and sends her pencils flying. Pearl thinks there's no nicer sound than the bell at the end of the day, even though back at home, Granny, always a crucial part of their family of three, sometimes doesn't recognize Pearl, and Mom is tired from providing constant care. In a lyrical novel told with clear-eyed sympathy, humor, and heart, Sally Murphy follows a girl who holds fast to her individuality even as she learns to let go-- and in daring to share her voice, discovers that maybe she's not a group of one after all.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Commended for Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (Seven to Ten) 2012 -- Commended for Parents Choice Awards (Spring) (2008-Up) (Fiction) 2012
NZ Review Potter's evocative pencil-and-wash drawings, with their excellent renderings of facial expressions and mood, wonderfully complement Murphy's thoughtful narrative in depicting the emotions of a scene. Altogether, the tale has much to offer in terms of grappling with personal identity as well as the death of a beloved. A tender, therapeutic treatment of loss, perfect for children dealing with the baffling complexities of adult dementia. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author's Bio

Sally Murphy writes reviews for Reading Time, the magazine of the Children's Book Council of Australia, and runs a website that reviews Australian books. Pearl Verses the World has won the 2010 Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature as well as the 2010 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for Best Book for Language Development. She lives in Wheatbelt, a tiny town in Australia. Heather Potter is an illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia.

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