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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031610647X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316106474
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,221,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up—Kit is a junior in high school when her younger brother is diagnosed with cancer. Despite the difference in their ages, they are kindred spirits who share a love of baseball. When Buddy loses his battle against the disease, Kit is devastated. Suddenly her family no longer functions as a whole. Instead they are like "…islands/too distant to matter." The teen must find a way to own her grief in order to mourn Buddy while at the same time joyfully celebrate the characteristics and quirks that constituted his presence in her life. Written in economical and accessible verse, this novel follows the pattern of the baseball season. Despite major holes in the characterization of Kit and Buddy, this slim work speaks volumes about the grieving process. Yeomans has very precisely selected her words to convey the fear and the grief that Kit feels. As with baseball, even though it seems that Buddy's death has brought everything to a halt, winter does end, and spring training will begin again. This novel will fit nicely alongside Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust (Scholastic, 1997) and Nikki Grimes's Dark Sons (Hyperion, 2005).—Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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Sixteen-year-old Kit's normal, happy life is over when her younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia. A feisty eight-year-old kid who loves baseball, Buddy is Kit's good friend and soul mate, one she is robbed of when he dies. Yeomans weaves the baseball metaphor throughout free-verse poems to trace Buddy's decline to the poignant conclusion, "I'm calling the game." Yet the baseball year--and the book--is only half over. Kit and her parents struggle through postseason bereavement to spring training and develop a way of living without Buddy. The interesting plot structure works surprisingly well with both the topic and the narrative style. It also enhances the realistic portrayal of a family, grief stricken and out of balance, struggling to come back after a losing season. Frances Bradburn
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More About the Author

Ellen Yeomans hauls herself out of bed way too early every morning to feed sheep, goats, pigs, and calves. As a farmhand for nearby 150-year-old Abbott's farm, she shears sheep, mixes feed, mucks stalls and moves around far too many bales of hay and straw. She also tries out some of her best lines on these barnyard friends. While they seem to offer no editorial advice, the animals do provide a rapt audience. Or perhaps they are just hanging around hoping for another handful of molasses feed. When not working at the farm, Ellen teaches writing courses at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse and writes almost daily. She is the author of picture books: Jubilee (2004) and Lost and Found, Remembering a Sister (2000), and a young adult novel Rubber Houses (2007) from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Additionally, she is the SCBWI Regional Advisor Emeritus for Upstate New York. Ellen has her MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Ellen Yeomans is a masterful storyteller as well as a poet.
Lisa
Kit is like any normal teenager... until.... her brother, Buddy, becomes ill and dies without warning.
Patricia Leppla
This is a beautiful story of sibling love, tragedy, and recovery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on November 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
How does a family survive when a child dies? That painful question is the subject of this haunting novel for the teen reader. Teenager Kit and her parents find their world in tatters when nine-year-old Buddy is diagnosed with cancer and dies. Kit's grief isolates her from her best friend, her school work, and especially from her parents who are following their own painful, isolated courses through the devastating loss.

Rubber Houses is written in free verse, in Kit's first person voice. The format doesn't support detailed character or plot development, but it has other rewards: its spare outlines invite the reader to interpret the details. Why does Kit dress in clothing her mother used to hate? How does her preoccupation with road maps and trip routes make her feel closer to Buddy? Why does she slip away from home and return to the hospital room where Buddy died, months later? These events are largely left to the reader to decipher, and I would expect them to be well within the experience and grasp of a mid-teen reader.

Reflecting the fact that Buddy and Kit were baseball-mad, author Ellen Yeomans has based the book's structure on the baseball year. Buddy is diagnosed during the season warm-up, dies during the regular season. Kit is numb with grief during Postseason. Hot Stove is the off-season when trades are made and things are in turmoil. Spring Training brings the hard work, the starting over. Many of the poems have baseball-themed names: Opening Day, Roster Change, Triple A, Curve Ball. The recurring baseball metaphor adds much to the book for a baseball fan.

This is at least a two-hanky book but the story ends on a note of hope, strength and recovery. The reader of any age is invited to fill in the outlines of Kit's loss and re-entry. A very rewarding book, highly recommended.

Linda Bulger, 2008
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on February 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
RUBBER HOUSES is a moving free-verse novel about Kit's experiences loving her younger brother, losing him to cancer, and moving on but never forgetting.

Kit and Buddy, despite their age gap, are very close, and Kit is devastated when he becomes sick and she finally, but not unexpectedly, loses her younger brother. She shuts down for awhile after Buddy's death, but slowly, she starts to pick up the pieces of her life and continue to live it, even without Buddy by her side, even with the pain of loss that, even when it's not fresh, is never gone.

This is an emotional, well-written novel about love, loss, and moving on despite it all. Kit is a realistic, well-developed character, but often she is the only one; the other characters seem less than real much of the time. Despite this, RUBBER HOUSES is worth reading. Whether readers can relate to Kit's situation or not, all will feel her pain at losing her brother in this painfully honest story.

Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on January 3, 2007
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Father, mother, sister, brother. A happy family - until the youngest, the boy, is diagnosed with cancer. Told in verse from the teenage daughter's point of view, Rubber Houses is a tearjerker of a story, written simply and shared gently.

Even though Kit is eight years older than Buddy, the two are as thick as thieves. My sister and I are eleven years apart, but we were incredibly close growing up. I am the younger of the two, so reading this story made me consider how it must have been to be in her shoes, dealing with the drama of high school while your sibling was barely in elementary school.

If you like Rubber Houses, I also recommend Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick and With You and Without You by Ann M. Martin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Going on February 6, 2007
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This is a book that will stick with you long after you've read it. I recommend it both for the emotional journey and for the sparse beauty of the poetry. To say it's a tear jerker is true, but somehow that fails to capture the way the story brings events to life and makes you feel as if you're a part of them. It's a powerful read. People of almost any age will find plenty of heart in these pages.
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By Mary E. Horsington on May 6, 2008
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Ellen Yeomans captures a family's grief with heartbreaking perfection in this unique work. I was sobbing by page 29 and the tears didn't let up much after that. Buddy is just so damn loveable, and the family is so blindsided by his tragic death. I think Yeomans does a great job of drawing each character: the control-freak Mom, the unavailable Dad, the adoring older sister and adorable, captivating little brother Buddy. It's impressive that even in spare free verse, the author nails every emotion, every nuance, every tragic blow to the heart with perfectly-chosen words. The baseball metaphors are spot-on.

This is a beautiful story of sibling love, tragedy, and recovery. I will recommend it highly to everyone I know.
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By M. Williams on April 2, 2007
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While written in verse, this book is a novel and reads like one. The story is told simply and beautifully. The verse is natural and emotion flows through it without being overdone. It is of course a "must read" for anyone who has lost a family member or equally for anyone on a painful journey of their own. A beautiful and moving work from start to finish.
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