Diamond Willow by Helen Frost

Diamond Willow - Helen Frost

Have you ever looked at the pile of books you have gotten out at your library and spy a book which you have no idea why you have.

This is one of those books. I can't remember if I got it off a list, or if someone recommended it. I just know I had it. Sitting here. Waiting for me to read. and for some reason when it was due back I renewed it .

 Finally opened this small book up.( It only has 109 pages). The story is told in Free Verse. Each pages' words are shaped like a diamond.

 I know a lot of people dislike Free Verse, but this story is soo short that I think  even if you don't think you'd like it, you would.

Willow is a 12 year old girl living in Alaska. She has one best friend and a feels like her parents won't let her grow up.

So one day she asks her parents to let her take 3 sled dogs to her grandparents house, 12 miles away. By herself.

They let her go.

That's how this story starts off. but it has a hidden gem that I don't want to say too much about.

Was not expecting to cry, but by the end I had a hot tear running down into my ear, as I lay in bed trying not to sob and wake my husband up!


As a bonus, I've learned a little about a "Diamond Willow" stick!