By Patricia MacLachlan
Ages 9-12 – 128 pages
Published by Katherine Tegen Books 2010
A group of 5 friends knew that their lives changed when they met Ms. Mirabel, a famous author who visited their class at school. Ms. Mirabel helped the friends understand about writing better by writing poems and they find out that they learned how to express themselves and say things they couldn’t in other ways. The poems that the children wrote expressed all of their feelings and dreams. The kid’s teacher, Ms. Mirabel put all of the kids poems on a bulletin board and invited their parents to come and see them. Through expressing themselves with poetry Lucy finds laughter even when something terrible is happening in her life, May discovers love for her brother, Evie has her family reunited, Russel expressed his grief about his dog dying and Henry was able to share what is important in his life.
I think this book was pretty good. It shows how powerful words can be. Words can actually change people’s lives and this is an important message! I thought the book’s reading level was a little easy for me. I wish the book had more to it. I really liked the poems and the idea of the book. It is an excellent book for young advanced readers.
Categories: Age 9+