Written in beautifully structured verse, "Crossing Stones" captures nine months in the lives of two resilient families struggling to stay together and cross carefully, stone by stone, into a changing world.
HELEN FROST, the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, is the author of numerous books for teens, including Keesha’s House, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, The Braid, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and, most recently, Diamond Willow, a Children’s Indie Next List Great Read. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“The distinct voices of the characters lend immediacy and crispness to a story of young people forced to grow up too fast.” —Starred, Horn Book
“Frost skillfully pulls her characters back from stereotype with their poignant, private, individual voices and nuanced questions, which will hit home with contemporary teens, about how to recover from loss and build a joyful, rewarding future in an unsettled world.”—Starred, Booklist
“With care and precision, Frost deftly turns plainspoken conversations and the internal monologues of her characters into stunning poems that combine to present three unique and thoughtful perspectives on war, family, love and loss. Heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful, this is one to savor.”—Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“Frost’s warmly sentimental novel covers a lot of political, social, and geographical ground . . . . But this is Muriel’s story, and her determined personality and independence will resonate with readers.” —School Library Journal
“A thoughtful read.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Both a great story and a perfectly-worded poetic work of art.” —Richie’s Picks “This beautifully written, gently told story can be used for classroom discussion in social studies and English, or simply for leisure reading.” —VOYA