Keesha's Houseby Helen Frost
An unforgettable narrative collage told in poems
Keesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can't make it on their own. They are Stephie – pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about; Jason – Stephie's boyfriend, torn between his/b>/b>/b>
An unforgettable narrative collage told in poems
Keesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can't make it on their own. They are Stephie – pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about; Jason – Stephie's boyfriend, torn between his responsibility to Stephie and the baby and the promise of a college basketball career; Dontay – in foster care while his parents are in prison, feeling unwanted both inside and outside the system; Carmen – arrested on a DUI charge, waiting in a juvenile detention center for a judge to hear her case; Harris – disowned by his father after disclosing that he's gay, living in his car, and taking care of himself; Katie – angry at her mother's loyalty to an abusive stepfather, losing herself in long hours of work and school.
Stretching the boundaries of traditional poetic forms – sestinas and sonnets – Helen Frost's extraordinary debut novel for young adults weaves together the stories of these seven teenagers as they courageously struggle to hold their lives together and overcome their difficulties.
Keesha's House is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Janet Crane Barley
- Square Fish
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- 12 - 18 Years
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Keesha's House is a book is about teens who are in trouble. In the book it is in a few people perspective, in all have different problems. Keesha is a girl who lives in a house where troubled teens live in to get stable to leave on their own with out parents. Keesha trys to help all the kids who are troubled. Not all of them go their and everyone in the story ends up being happy. The book was really good. At some parts it gets boring but it get good in some parts. It is really easy to read because it is in verse form. I recomend this book to alot of people. Mostly people who like fast reads and or books that are in verse.
Helen Frost is a wonderful author. Her book, "Keesha's House" is a wonderful novel. In this novel it is a story of teens that have a problem at home and go to this house and become a family of their own. These teens feel more comfortable in this house where they know others are going through things and will not judge them like others. I recommend you read this story, so you will not judge others but treat everyone with respect. This is written in a poetic form which I really liked and hope others will to.
so stupid book doesnt make sense because its in poems and it makes no sense
Keesha¿s House, written by Helen Frost, explains real life situations in a creative way. Frost describes the rough lives six teenagers who feel like they have don¿t have anywhere to go. The house is owned by a man named Joe. Joe, himself, had a rough childhood, and knows what it is like to have nowhere to go. This is why he decides to let any one stay in his house, for any amount of time they need. ¿ I can give them space¿and space is time¿ (Frost 35). The title of the book is referring to a woman, who lives at Joe¿s house, named Keesha. Keesha is the person who lets people know, there is a place for them to go, and they will be safe. ¿..he lets us stay here and he doesn¿t ask too many questions¿ (Frost 22). This helps people decide to stay at the house, because they know, they can come live there for free, without having to explain themselves. The book was written in a way I have not seen before. It was written with a sense of poetry. Each person in the story had their own page, and their feelings were expressed within these pages. I think this was a different way of writing a book, and I, personally, thought it was confusing. Not only were there six teenagers telling their own separate stories, but Keesha told her story, Joe told his, and occasionally there were the feelings of parents and teachers. ¿ Questions about Joe-Keesha¿ (Frost 22). ¿I can do it-Dontay¿ (Frost 24). Each person had two pages, and then the story switches. I read to get caught up in a book, I think this book was too hard to concentrate on and remember exactly what was happening with each person. However, I think the individual stories of the people and how they were connected by Keesha¿s house was very interesting. I would recommend the book because it teaches readers, that there is a place to go, and to never give up.
Now, I am not one to enjoy reading poetry, but I read this entire book in less than one day, and I found it to be highly enjoyable. The only problem is I think it was too short, like there was no real talk about how everybody lived their lives at the house. It was just like BAM, BAM, BAM, the end. I would still reccomend it though.
this book is great. it is the the best book ever!!! make sure to read it!!