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Children's LiteratureMoving is a frightening experience no matter how old you are. Moving to a new country is even more so. The main character of this story is a young girl whose family has moved from Jamaica to a large American city. While she is in awe of her new country, she misses her homeland terribly. She tells her story in a series of poems. Some of the poems are filled with joy, like her first trip to Washington, D.C. Others show her fear of living in such a big place. One of the best poems in the book, "Alone at Night," describes the girl's terror when she is forced to stay in her apartment alone while her mother works. Novels that are told in verse have become very poplar with adolescents. This book is a good introduction to that genre. The poems themselves are easy to read, yet filled with imagery. They can be taught as individual poems if that better suits the lesson. The storyline is also easy to follow and very interesting. It is a book that teachers will love to use in class, and students will be willing to read on their own. 2004, Boyd's Mill Press, Ages 6 to 10.