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Words of Stone av Kevin Henkes
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Words of Stone (urspr publ 1992; utgåvan 1992)

av Kevin Henkes (Författare)

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Busy trying to deal with his many fears and his troubled feelings for his dead mother, ten-year-old Blaze has his life changed when he meets the boisterous and irresistible Joselle.
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Titel:Words of Stone
Författare:Kevin Henkes (Författare)
Info:Greenwillow Books (1992), Edition: 1st, 160 pages
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Words of Stone av Kevin Henkes (1992)

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Kevin Henke's books for intermediate readers all seem to have three things in common: 1) The cast of characters is quite small. 2) The events of the story lean towards the normal and everyday rather than the extraordinary. 3) Henkes is an absolute master of describing the thoughts and emotions of children.
"Olive's Ocean" won the Newbery, but I should think anyone who liked that book would love all of his middle grade novels. They are somewhat slow-paced, emotion driven, and quietly thoughtful.
In "Words of Stone" Blaze Werla lives with his grandmother and father. His mother died some years ago. He is the smallest boy in his grade, is afraid of many things, and is embarrassed about being afraid. Enter Joselle Stark, who comes to spend some time with her grandmother in a neighboring home, when her mother takes off with a boyfriend, temporarily (?) abandoning Joselle. Joselle is everything Blaze is not: outgoing, unafraid of anything, loud, unabashed, and unfortunately, has a tendency to lie a lot. As the book begins, the two children have not met, but Joselle knows a few things about the neighbor's kid, and she thinks it would be hilarious to use stones on the hillside facing his house to spell out pointed, hurtful messages to him. But when she actually meets Blaze, she is surprised to find she likes him a lot, and feels terribly guilty for having written those words in stone. But of course, Blaze doesn't know it was her, and she doesn't know how to confess her cruel actions to her new friend. ( )
  fingerpost | Jul 16, 2019 |
Not my favorite Henkes - for some reason the lovely subtlety was too subtle, and the drama was too dramatic, for me to consider this a perfect book. I love how there are no answers, nobody is going to fix anything, there's no quest or resolution....

Simply, the 'plot' is about how the kids learn to know themselves better, find their strengths, and develop ways to cope with life's challenges both large and small. Sometimes the adults learn a little something, too - but mostly they're either quietly wise and brave, like Claire and Nova, or idjits, like The Beautiful Vicki. I would like to get to know Grammy Floy better - she was neither perfect nor a loser.

I must continue to make sure I read everything by Henkes. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This book is about two kids. The boy is named Blaze. The girl is named Joselle. They meet later and find out that they have things in common. I like this book because it is about friendship. I recommend this book to people who like reading about friendship. ( )
  James.Rose3 | Apr 11, 2015 |
Ten year old shy, red-haired Blaze Werla is hurting. Losing his mother to cancer has a profound impact on him. Added to the trama is the fact that he was badly burned and scared from a freak carnival accident.

Each year he returns to the ferris wheel hoping he can have the courage to overcome his fears, and each year he fails.

He has a strong support base of a loving father and grandmother, but still his imaginary friends are the ones to whom he turns.

When Joselle Stark arrives in the neighborhood, his life is turned upside down and he struggles to share and develop a relationship with a real life friend.

Abandoned by her near do well mother and dumped at her grandmother's house, Joselle is not exactly the best choice for a trustful friend.

A liar, cheat and sneak by nature, Joselle's insecurities prompt her to harm anyone who tries to befriend her.

While the description I wrote seems simplistic, actually, this book covers many complex issues. It is an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, one of the American Booksellers Association "Pick of the Lists" and a Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year.

Highly recommended. ( )
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