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Praise for Also Known as Harper:
“First-time novelist Leal creates complex characters from various walks of life… The cards are stacked against Harper and her family, but it is inspiring to watch her find success with a pen, paper and a little hope.”—Publishers Weekly
“Memorable characterizations fill the book with realistic individuals whom readers will root for and celebrate with when their lives finally begin to improve.”—School Library Journal
“First-time novelist Leal takes a narrative with familiar elements…and elevates it with her characters, who...are sharply and sympathetically drawn. One of the highlights is Harper’s poetry, interspersed throughout the book…they are written in a clear and natural way that will speak to readers and make them think.”—Booklist
“The likable characters, their misfortunes and especially their self-reliance will keep readers...enthralled. A poignant debut.”—Kirkus Reviews
“From Harper to Winnie Rae Early, the characters are memorable as are the descriptive passages…This book is rich with discussion opportunity for middle grade students”—VOYA
I'm so glad I decided to buy this book!
So it's refreshing to read something about people with real problems trying to deal with them the best they can and making something beautiful in the process.
I love that no one in the story is either totally good or totally bad - I just hate it when stories are written that way... it's (usually) so unrealistic.
My 8 year old daughter loved this book. A wonderful story of a girl living in poverty and finding strength in her family and her passion for writing.Published 2 months ago by See Me Sign, LLC
A heartwarming and sad book that will make you and your family grow closer. It's a good book for book clubs and kids ages 7 and up. Alexis g.Published 8 months ago by Greg C B Greenberg
Also known as Harper was a great read. This was a heart warming book that my daughter and I enjoyed very much.Published 12 months ago by Sheila Dickeson
I love it I read it in two days you will never put this book down every chapter ends with a surprisePublished 16 months ago by Kayla Chambers
As parents (and teachers) we often wonder if our kids are ready to have discussions on "tough" issues. Then we ask ourselves: Am I ready to discuss those issue with my child? Read morePublished 19 months ago by Homeschoolin' Mamma
Harper is the rock of her family, keeping track of her little brother Hemingway as her mother does her best to earn a living and keep it together after her father fell more in love... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Maggie Knapp
Awesome! The story was very well written, and it was a sweet story. I loved it. I would like to read more books by Ann Haywood Leal.Published 23 months ago by Eleanor
My daughter really enjoyed this book. She learned even through hardships you can make good of it. She would recommend it.Published 23 months ago by Vicki
I loved this book but it seemed a little short and thin on some interesting things but over all great writing, This book was very spirit full. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Nicole Wilson