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The language of stars, Louise Hawes

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The language of stars
Title
The language of stars
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Louise Hawes
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eng
Summary
After an incident involving the vandalism of a cottage museum that once belonged to famous poet Rufus Baylor, sixteen-year-old Sarah is sentenced to community service and a poetry appreciation course taught by Baylor himself
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Review
  • Gr 9 Up—Sarah's social transformation from someone with a small set of unique friends to the girlfriend of the most popular boy in school, Fry, results in an exciting but ultimately shallow set of experiences. Perhaps the final straw in her estrangement from not only her former friends but also her own interests and values is when she is arrested for the vandalism and destruction of the preserved summer cottage of the legendary poet, Rufus Baylor. As part of their restitution, the teenagers involved in the offenses must participate in a summer poetry course taught by the famous but aging poet. Rufus's presence in the town is almost magical. He turns apathetic teenagers into poets; changes Sarah's irresponsible and hostile father into a calmer, more receptive listener; and convinces the community to forgive the teens for ruining the idolized summer cottage. Rufus is not without his own demons and flaws, as Sarah learns while working with him on her poetry. Soon, she begins to question her relationship with Fry and considers revisiting her former passion for the theater. Her struggle with the decision to be true to herself is one that many teens will recognize. However, the pacing is slow, the characters are one-dimensional, and readers will see the ending coming long before it finally arrives. VERDICT Collections that serve a club of aspiring teen poets may want this title to encourage their creativity and passion for the craft; otherwise, this is an additional purchase.—Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD --Lynn Rashid (Reviewed 04/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 4, p165)
  • Hawes (Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand) transforms carelessness into redemption in a summer story that begins after a group of teens break into and throw a raging party at a beloved local poet’s cottage, trashing it and nearly burning it to the ground. (A note explains that the story is partly inspired by a similar 2008 incident involving Robert Frost’s summer home.) Sarah, Hawes’s wide-eyed narrator, has an innate poetic bent and only reluctantly took part in the break-in because of her popular boyfriend, Fry. Though Sarah’s relationship with Fry is central to the plot, the real romance is one of words. The teens are sentenced to restore the cottage and take a poetry course—taught by the house’s elderly owner, Rufus Baylor, who becomes a mentor to Sarah. Full of poetry and ideas, Sarah’s narration has an exuberant innocence, bringing a fresh and joyful quality to a story about a girl learning to love the possibilities that come with independence: the chance to discover one’s true self and desires, while forging a path forward that might fulfill them. Ages 12–up. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 03/07/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 10, p)
  • An act of vandalism revitalizes a small town. Sarah Wheeler, the novel's presumably white narrator, has hit a fork in the road. Though at heart from the nerdy, lit- and drama-loving "Untouchables," she's now dating Fry, the hottest surfer dude at Whale Point High. When Fry throws a kegger in a cherished local landmark, Sarah joins him, against her better judgment—and the seaside cottage, former retreat of famed poet Rufus Baylor, ends up in flames. The drunken escapade lands Sarah and most of the partiers in court, sentenced to restoring the trashed cottage and taking a summer writing class taught by none other than the mythic and octogenarian Baylor. Baylor's return to Whale Point injects new life into the sleepy community, prompting Sarah's single mother and her largely absent "biological accident" father to re-examine their relationships with their daughter. At the same time, with Baylor's attention and poetic inspiration, Sarah begins to look more closely at herself. While the circumstances leading to such communal introspection may be a bit far-fetched, Hawes excels in crafting rounded characters with varied home situations teens can relate to, and poems infused throughout the narrative offer poetic points of attachment as well as examples of different writing techniques (group- and free-writing, donning blindfolds, etc.) budding writers might attempt. A tale of self-discovery well suited for art-inclined readers who feel themselves on the fringe. (Fiction. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10488956
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NjBwBT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hawes, Louise
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
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  • Teenage girls
  • Poetry
  • Poets
  • Community service (Punishment)
  • Poetry
  • Poets
  • Community service (Punishment)
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The language of stars, Louise Hawes
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Control code
ocn950267463
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
356 pages
Isbn
9781481462419
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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(OCoLC)950267463
Label
The language of stars, Louise Hawes
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn950267463
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
356 pages
Isbn
9781481462419
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)950267463

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