Diamond Willow

Diamond Willow

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In a remote area of Alaska, twelve-year-old Willow helps her father with their sled dogs when she is not at school, wishing she were more popular, all the while unaware that the animals surrounding her carry the spirits of dead ancestors and friends who care for her.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781466896345
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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This is my favorite book. Ever. As in EVER. As in I will never see anything quite the same. Please do this book justice and read it.

LibrLdyMapleValley Jan 23, 2015

Diamond Willow by Helen Frost was nominated for the 2011 Sasquatch Reading Award for good reason. Its unique design and engaging story make for an excellent read for ages 9 -13. Adult readers will find it multi-layered and interesting as well. The story is set in a remote Alaskan village and centers on Diamond Willow as she deals with growing up (or at least trying to) and working out the mystery of her past. It is also a survival adventure story of a girl and her dog. It's easy to read and a page turning adventure written in a style that is thought provoking and visually fascinating. That's quite a package.
The basic story is about Willow and her lead dog Roxy. Willow is trying to convince her parents that she is old enough to run the sled dog team to her grandparent's house and back again. She thinks she's pretty much all grown up and can handle anything the Alaskan wilderness can throw at her. She's wrong. On the way back home the weather deteriorates and in near blizzard conditions she runs her team straight into a downed tree over the trail blinding her lead dog. The question becomes, what do you do with a sled dog that can't see? For Willow the answer is obvious, you love and protect that dog. For her parents the answer is not as easy nor as happy. To protect her beloved dog Willow and her best friend take Roxy and run away to her grandparents. They don't make it and survival becomes their one and only goal.
The book is written in alternating chapters. When Diamond Willow is telling the story the chapters are written as poems and in diamond shaped chunks of text. Within each poem there are highlighted words that capture the essence of the poem. Kids who have read the book call them "secret codes". The other chapters are written in normal prose and are the voices of her ancestors telling of events as they see them unfold. Athabascan culture is brought into the story through these chapters (Willow's mother is Athabascan) as the relatives have all moved on to become forest animals who watch and sometimes step in to help Willow.
Diamond Willow definitely offers a unique and entertaining reading experience.

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BUNBUN1978
Jan 07, 2015

this book was pretty good. the diamond shaped potery style takes awhile to get use to. read if you like human/animal friendship stories.

themaven Jun 12, 2011

I liked this book because it was realistic fiction, about dogs and how it was written in prose. I liked it so much we are reading it for my book club! Also there are secret messages.

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poochdakota
Jan 28, 2011

This book is probably one of the best books I have read. With code words and diamond shapes, this book is awesome!!!! I love dogs and adventure, so this was the book for me!!!!

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Jul 09, 2011

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