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Also Known As Harper Hardcover – May 26, 2009
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“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
Top Customer Reviews
As a educator with twenty years experience, I always approach these books with two minds: am I enjoying this story as a person, and as a teacher. I have to say yes on both counts. Leal's desperate world is complete and terrifying, real and haunting. I admire authors who don't go out of the way to protect their characters, but truly inhabit the story and the events surrounding them, and Leal is one of those authors. Everything that happens to Harper and her family looms very real. Her examination of one family's struggle with poverty is a timely and discussion inducing topic, probably more appropriate for grades 4th and up.
Leal's writing style is wonderfully evocative and descriptive. She manages to capture scenes in a matter of sentences, and gives time to the important events to see themselves through. I found, time to time, her use of words and phrases perhaps a bit too flowery or wordy for my taste. And, Harper's poetry, while it sheds light on her life like nothing else, was a bit too on the money for a fifth grade. I found myself questioning from time to time would Harper actually have written a poem like that. Is she that precocious? Still, it does flows nicely with the story.Read more ›
About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: checked it out from the public library
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Author Ann Haywood Leal nails it with this story of poverty and overcoming obstacles to achieve personal goals in education and life.Published 29 days ago by nightman
this book was full of sad and funny parts and over all a good book his a lot of great vocabulary and plotsPublished 19 months ago by cutiesshoes
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 21 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 on March 29, 2014 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 on November 26, 2013 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 on August 17, 2013 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 on May 11, 2013 by Leos Love Harder
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 on January 10, 2013 by Eleanor
My daughter really enjoyed this book. She learned even through hardships you can make good of it. She would recommend it.Published on January 3, 2013 by Patricia