Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
Thanks to Ms. Elliana Penwell for this review! Sounds like a great book.
About The Book:
Harper is an aspiring poet, and life is giving her a lot to write about just now. Daddy up and walked out, leaving them with too many bills, too little money, and an eviction notice. Now Mama is scrambling to make ends meet, leaving Harper to stay home and take care of her brother. Their whole world has been turned upside down, which Harper could just about handle—if it wasn’t for the poetry contest at school. More than anything, she wants to get up on that stage and read her poems out loud. But how can she worry about getting back to school when she doesn’t even know where she’s going to sleep tonight?
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. It was a library copy, something my friend had read and I thought sounded interesting. Usually, I don't read books like this because I'd rather read science fiction or fantasy, but poetry is something I really love, which helped add to my interest.
I read this entire book in the car. I started on the first page and read all the way to the last page, nearly without stopping. It had me entranced, sad, and my emotions were like a whirlwind. You feel bad for Harper from the very start, from her father to the eviction notice to everything else.
I usually don't like sad books, but even with as sad as this book was, it is by far one of the best I've ever read. The story is mind swirling, amazing and emotional, all while being believable and easy to follow.
I would highly reccommend this book to anyone who can handle a bit more emotional book and is over the age of ten.
Elliana Penwell, signing off!