Before she was an iconic American poet, Emily Dickinson was a spirited girl eager to find her place in the world. Expected by family and friends to mold to the prescribed role for women in mid-1800s New England, Emily was challenged to define herself on her own terms.
Award-winning author Barbara Dana brilliantly imagines the girlhood of this extraordinary young woman, capturing the cadences of her unique voice and bringing her to radiant life.
The essays featured in "Wider than the Sky" range from fresh scholarly analyses to highly personal essays and meditations, each offering thoughts on the emotional, spiritual, and physical healing power gained from reading Dickinson. "Wider than the Sky", is a resource for Dickinson fans as well as anyone coping with pain. It is an important addition to the Literature and Medicine Series.
In this remarkable novel, we come to know a child called Joan before she becomes the legendary Joan of Arc.
It is a powerful and moving story about a simple, innocent farm girl who struggles to understand the extraordinary task that has been given to her by God: to reunite her war-torn country and restore it's rightful king to the throne.
Zucchini knows there's more to life than his cage at the zoo...
Zucchini feels trapped. With a tip from a fellow rodent, the brave young black-footed ferret escapes from the zoo in a subway and a crosstown bus.
But freedom doesn't mean very much without someone to share it with.
That's when Zucchini meets Billy, a boy with the kindest eyes Zucchini has ever seen. Billy loves Zucchini too, but he's very shy about saying so. Will Billy's shyness ruin the best friendship either of them has ever had?
When biologists at the ASPCA think that Zucchini is a rare black-footed ferret, Billy is in a quandary. He loves animals and does everything he can to help the ecology, but realizes that he can't keep an endangered animal as a pet.
Can Billy do the right thing and risk losing Zucchini forever.
Ever since the day he was born, Spencer didn’t act much like a horse. He knew it, all his friends knew it… the whole town of Grum knew that Spencer was a horse that didn’t seem much like a horse.
Join in on the escapades of this unusual horse and all his animal friends in the quaint town of Grum as they are able to talk amongst each other and with humans.
“Dana succeeds by creating a memorable, often vibrant voice in Emily’s first person narration, which incorporates archaic language and lines from Dickinson’s poems and journals. This heartfelt, exhaustively detailed portrait humanizes the reclusive literary figure and offers an intimate sense of how a poet draws from small moments, ‘gathered on scraps’, to create great works.” - ALA BooklistAdd an answer to this item.
“…touching…heartfelt…for thoughtful readers, a treasure.” - Horn Book (starred)
“Persuasive and compelling…utterly authentic…does full justice to its complex, challenging subject who, like this novel, was sui generis.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“…wise and profoundly moving…captivating and timeless.”
- Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A beautifully crafted portrait of Joan of Arc, from her first visions until she leaves on her historic mission…A convincing, unforgettable recreation.” - Kirkus Reviews
"It’s a tribute to the author’s storytelling that after finishing this imagined biography, you want to read more." - Miami Herald
“A smooth and involving examination of a compelling problem…Realistic and funny and a strong sense of the injustices visited upon children in divorce.” - Kirkus Reviews
"…handles her story with much skill…. Her swift to-and-fro dialogue is particularly successful. This author respects her young-adult readers and demands that they bring a keen mind and a critical attitude to their enjoyment of a fine story and a candid view of modern life. A great book for adults too." - Junior Bookshelf
“Neatly constructed and quick-moving, believable characters …humor and lively dialogue.” - School Library Journal
“An adventure that makes you happy…touching and irrepressibly funny.”
- Publishers Weekly
“Wonderfully funny…A delight; these engaging animals are at least first cousins to the memorable menagerie in Charlotte's Web.” - Booklist
“A wonderful tale of love, sacrifice and personal growth.”
- Amazon Reviews
"…a funny and compelling look at a boy coming to terms with his shyness through his concern for endangered wildlife…For comic relief there is Billy’s talkative little sister, Emma, and Emma’s pet mouse, One-Day-Service, named after a sign on a dry-cleaning shop."
- Buffalo, NY News
"…believable characters, a good mix of funny and poignant scenes…Multiple viewpoints and the animals’ anthropomorphism are also well handled, making this a good pick for middle-graders."
- ALA Booklist
"…a sensitive, environmentally aware look at the child-pet bond."
- Sunday Oregonian, Portland, OR
"Dana writes with scathing realism on the subject of teenage alienation… sure to be a hit with teenagers. Parents should read it to." - Publisher’s Weekly
"Both the pattern of her increasing stability and the pattern of a fragmented family are built with logic and sensitivity, in a book with sharp characterization and a trenchant style alleviated by moments of wry humor" - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books