Free Verse by Sarah Dooley. 335 p. G.P. Putnam's Sons, March 17, 2016. 9780399165030.
Publisher synopsis: A moving, bittersweet tale reminiscent of Sharon Creech’s Walk Two Moons set in a West Virginia coal-mining town
When her brother dies in a fire, Sasha Harless has no one left, and nowhere to turn. After her father died in the mines and her mother ran off, he was her last caretaker. They’d always dreamed of leaving Caboose, West Virginia together someday, but instead she’s in foster care, feeling more stuck and broken than ever.
First line: Nobody tells me this is the last time I'll see my apartment off Route 10.
Page 56: I strum the strings, and their music makes me think of Phyllis, of the way her singing sounded when I first moved into her house. I wish I'd known her better then. If I knew her better, I'd have sat on my hands. I'd have kept myself under control, no matter what song she sang. Even if it was Judy's song.
I've actually had this for a while. It hurts me when things get lost in the tbr pile! Its book birthday was yesterday. It has received three starred reviews so far! I know just who is getting this lovely book when I am done.