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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reissue edition (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440420555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440420552
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up-In a blend of free verse and diary/journal, 13-year-old Georgia pours her heart out to her mother, who died six years ago. She and her father are still suffering. Because of their financial situation (shaky) and Georgia's frequent stomachaches and lack of participation in class, she ends up on an At Risk list that requires her to see a school counselor. Mrs. Yocum makes a deal with her: if Georgia will write down all of the things she would like to talk to her mom about, she can skip the weekly sessions and just check in occasionally. Through this journal, the finely drawn characters come to life, particularly Georgia's dad and her best friend, Tiffany. Her father's grief has caused him to withdraw emotionally and he doesn't give his daughter the time or attention she craves. Tiffany is pushed to be an overachiever, the strain of which brings her to the brink of destructive behavior. Georgia shares all aspects of her life and thoughts, and readers come to understand the depth of her loss. This is a remarkable book. Through the spare writing, readers come to understand and empathize with these three people. Their story is a universal one of love, friendship, and loss and will be appreciated by a wide audience.-Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 6-9. A free membership to the Brandywine River Museum. That's the perfect gift for a grieving 13-year-old with artistic talent and a need to remove the "at risk" label from her permanent school record. It is also a passport for Georgia McCoy, an avenue out of her shyness, into the art world of her deceased mother, and toward an understanding of her struggling father. Georgia's free-verse journal entries describe her lonely existence, her grief at losing not just her mother but also her father, and her perceptive insights into the art of three generations of the Wyeth family^B. It's a lovely, quiet novel, a study in a child's struggle for survival and the adults who recognize her pain and decide to help. Readers will be able to go to the Brandy-wine River Museum Web site and see the paintings Georgia describes, an interesting art extension that adds depth to an involving story, suitable for both recreational reading and reading and discussing in class. Frances Bradburn
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More About the Author

Jen Bryant writes picture books, novels and poems for readers of all ages. Her biographical picture book: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet,received a Caldecott Honor award and her historical novel in verse Ringside 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial is an Oprah Recommended Book for ages 12 & up. Other titles include Pieces of Georgia (IRA Young Adult Choices Pick), The Trial (about the 1935 Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial), a 1960's-era novel Kaleidoscope Eyes (a Jr. Library Guild selection), Georgia's Bones, celebrating the creative vision of artist Georgia O'Keeffe, Music for the End of Time, based on a true story about WWII, and Abe's Fish: A Boyhood Tale of Abraham Lincoln.

Jen has taught writing and Children's Literature at West Chester University and Bryn Mawr College and gives lectures, workshops and school presentations throughout the year. She lives with her family in Chester County, PA.

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I literally read this book in one day.
Charles C. Graham
Because of how it's written, it's a pretty quick read, but it's most def. worth it.
Laurellz
My opinion of this book was very intriguing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant was an interesting book. It is fasinating when it talks about the Wyeths paintings. In addtion, I thought it was interesting how the girl delt with her problems in life. I would recomand this book to anybody ESP. for people who feel like life is horrible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 8th Grade Reading on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
The realistic-fiction book, Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant, follows the life of a 13 year old girl named Georgia whose artistic mother passed away 6 years ago. From this passing Georgia's father rarely talks to her because everything about Georgia reminds him of his wife, and he doesn't like remembering her because he loved her so much that the thought of her makes him upset. Georgia just started the 7th grade but is so shy and quiet that her teachers begin to worry about her and place her on an "At Risk List." This means that she has to go a counselor everyday to talk about the difficulty and hardships of her mother passing. The counselor, Mrs. Yocum, a caring young woman who tries to search deep in the child she is helping, gives Georgia a notebook. By giving Georgia this notebook, Georgia can say anything and everything to her mother as if her mother was still alive. One day Georgia joined the art class at her school, but she didn't tell her father because she knew it would distant their relationship even more. Miss B, Georgia's art teacher, decided to enroll her in an advanced art school. The only problem is Georgia doesn't know how to tell her dad because she knows he will get very angry, and she's trying to work on her relationship. Will Georgia ever fix her relationship? Will she get to go to the advanced art classes? These questions will be answered in this fascinating book.

In this story the three main characters are Georgia, Miss B, and Georgia's father. Georgia is a shy, timid girl that didn't like to express her feelings to anybody, so she turned to art. I thought of Georgia as a smart young girl who wasn't very social after her mother passed. Miss B on the other hand is a very bright outgoing art teacher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles C. Graham on July 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I literally read this book in one day. Written in a free-style poem form, I found it was extremely easy to zip through the storyline and characters of this book. Although "Pieces of Georgia" wasn't the kind of story that gnaws at your mind like a good one does (even after you are finished with it), it was still a novel that made you think about your life and how it related to Georgia's. I would recommend anyone to buy this book, and I truly believe the moral is even greater than the price! :-)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Farrelly on December 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm a teacher and I read this book for possible classroom use. It's a nice story - kind of sad and kind of sweet. I nice tie-in to any of the Wyeth artists and over-scheduled kids.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurellz on July 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book in my library's new release section and was attracted to it because of the form of writing-- it's in stanzas.

Because of how it's written, it's a pretty quick read, but it's most def. worth it. It's a really cute story with elements not atypical to a preteen/teenage novel, but (refreshingly) not filled with too many cliches or drama.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Dowell on June 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 11-year-old daughter whose friend's mother died unexpectedly recently. (It covers this topic). It is a great book and very touching. She is a high achieving reading, however, and she finished the book in under an hour. So its not a week long read for a child of this age by any means. I loved the book itself though. I had gone to a large chain bookstore to purchase the book and it was listed at $16 or $17, and I could see that it would be a quick read for her, so I was really happy to find it on Amazon at the low price. It was totally worth the purchase at that price.
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