The Braid by Helen Frost

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The Braid by Helen Frost

The third verse novel on the cybils nomination list, The Braid tells the story of two sisters, Jennie and Sarah. Their family is exiled from their village in Scotland and forced to emigrate to Canada. While Jennie leaves for Canada with her family, Sarah secretly stays behind with her grandmother. Both sisters face hardships in their new lives.

Frost tells the sisters stories in an intricate series of poems, weaving them together like a braid. This is a beautiful little book and will appeal to fans of historical fiction and poetry.

If after reading this, you find yourself interested in Canadian history, I would highly recommend any of Janet Lunn's YA novels, especially Shadow in Hawthorne Bay (a favorite of mine)


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