The One Thing You'd Save

The One Thing You'd Save

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If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class. Illustrated with black-and-white art.

When a teacher asks her class what one thing they would save in an emergency, some students know the answer right away. Others come to their decisions more slowly. And some change their minds when they hear their classmates' responses. A lively dialog ignites as the students discover unexpected facets of one another--and themselves. With her ear for authentic dialog and knowledge of tweens' priorities and emotions, Linda Sue Park brings the varied voices of an inclusive classroom to life through carefully honed, engaging, and instantly accessible verse.

Author: Linda Sue Park
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 03/16/2021
Pages: 72
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.53lbs
Size: 8.10h x 6.40w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781328515131
Audience: Ages 9-12

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 01/25/2021
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2021
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2021 - Book Of Special Distinction
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2021 pg. 140
Booklist 09/07/2021

About the Author

Linda Sue Park's books include A Single Shard, Prairie Lotus, and A Long Walk to Water. She is on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books and lives in western New York. www.lindasuepark.com Twitter: @LindaSuePark.

Robert Sae-Heng is a London-based illustrator and teacher. www.robertsaeheng.com, Twitter and Instagram: @robertsaeheng.