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Moving Day Hardcover – November 1, 2006

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Starred Review. Grade 3-6–In a series of free-verse poems, 12-year-old Fletch talks about his family's move from Massachusetts to Ohio. While many books deal with the experience of being a new kid in town, few focus in such depth on what was left behind. To be inside his skin, through the sadness of packing, giving things away, doing things one last time, and realizing that other family members are hurting is no small thing. When the movers go, The house feels way too big./Hard to believe that we had/enough stuff, enough love,/to fill all these empty rooms. Like shards of glass, Emery's pencil drawings with their watercolor washes mirror the loss and longing in these poems. Fletcher's carefully chosen images–the new house feeling like a stiff new sweatshirt, a glass doorknob reflecting rainbows of light, and two leaves from the old yard mingling in the new leaves–are all right on target.–Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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* "Fletcher's carefully chosen images-the new house feeling like a stiff new sweatshirt, a glass doorknob reflecting rainbows of light, and two leaves from the old yard mingling in the new leaves-are all right on target." --School Library Journal, starred review

"A fine collection." --Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WordSong (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590783395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590783399
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ralph Fletcher is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers includng Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers around the U.S. and abroad, helping them find wiser ways of teaching writing.

Ralph's many books for students include picture books (Twilight Comes Twice, Hello Harvest Moon, and The Sandman), novels (Fig Pudding, Flying Solo, and Spider Boy), poetry (A Writing Kind of Day and Moving Day), and a memoir, Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. His novel Uncle Daddy was awarded the Christopher medal in 2002. He has also written a popular series of books for young writers including Poetry Matters, Live Writing, and A Writer's Notebook. Ralph lives with his family in New Hampshire. He is a strong environmentalist who believes we all must work together to live in a more sustainable way. His other passions include travel, good food, dark chocolate, growing orchids, and sports.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The other day I was idly flipping through the books in my possession, searching for one contained poems. A well-written book of poems by a single author that also happens to be pleasing to the eye is a rare and wonderful thing. Emphasis on the word "rare". And "Moving Day", to be honest with you, didn't get my attention right off the bat. The cover is rather lovely but I credit illustrator Jennifer Emery for penciling in the autumn leaves that finally lured me closer. Written in a series of small autobiographical poems, author Ralph Fletcher tells the simple story of a twelve-year-old boy whose family is moving from one state to another and the problems that come with something so seemingly simple.

The new mountain bike probably should have tipped Fletch off right from the start. Ditto the fact that his little brother Ray got a hockey outfit out of the clear blue sky. Their family is going to move near to Lake Erie and there isn't a darned thing Fletch can do about it. It's rough. First his friends start separating from him before he's even moved away. Then there's the fact that he'll never see that cute girl, Gwen with the dark sparkly eyes, ever again. Slowly, however, good things happen as well. While packing he finds his Willie Mays baseball card he lost a while ago. He will never (perhaps) carry the unfortunate nickname of "Retch" instead of "Fletch". And when at last he finds himself in a new home with a new room, there are new people about, a doorknob that lights up like a diamond when the sun hits it in the morning, and leaves that swirl, old and new, together.

The writing itself is more than a little clever. For example, Fletch's little brother Ray is always worrying about seemingly minor things.
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