From School Library Journal
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