Seventh grader Kay Garber's happy home is made up of four generations of women: Great Gran Eula; Grandma Margie; Kay's mother, Karine; and Kay. But on the evening Grandma Margie tells her family she has a lump in her breast, Kay's world is changed forever.
Struggling with issues of popularity in junior high school, trying to understand her too-perfect mother, dealing with her feelings about friends, and coming to terms with Grandma Margie's cancer diagnosis and illness, Kay is awhirl with questions that have no easy answers. But Kay is a survivor, and as she journeys through these difficult months she comes to a new understanding of the complexities and importance of faith and family.
Told through forthright and perceptive poems in Kay's own voice, Loose Threads reverberates with emotion and depth and will leave no reader untouched.
|Publisher:||Margaret K. McElderry Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Lorie Ann Grover attended the University of Miami. After school she lived with her husband, David, in South Korea, where she spent most of her time painting and writing poetry. The Grovers have two daughters, Emily and Ellen, and live in Sumner, Washington.
The author of Loose Threads, Lorie Ann was inspired to write On Pointe by her own experiences as a teenage member of the Miami Ballet Company.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow this story was intense. I liked the poems without form. It was nice to feel the back and forth of the poetry. It was a rough topic to tackle.
Loose Threads is Lorie Ann Grover's first book. It is a story told in poems about breast cancer and the lives it touches. Each relatively short poem has an underlined heading that keeps the plot moving forward. Some poems are wistful and focus on a truth that the main character, thirteen year-old Kay, comes to understand. Other poems are about the mundane things in life like cockroaches in the kitchen or the pleasure of watching a TV show or eating in the school cafeteria. It is a story that works on several levels: a girl coming of age, a family in crisis, the devastation of breast cancer, and the continuity of life and familial love. It is a quick 300 pages that holds interest primarily due to the believability of the characters.
This was a great book. A touching account of a very difficult time. As I have gone through loosing someone that was very dear to me from cancer, I felt I could relate closely with the main character. This is a recommended read for anyone growing up or even growing older. It strikes a cord and brings one back to what is real and true in life.