Another book I grabbed at the Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale is 42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. I'll be honest and say that I saw the cover, read the title and grabbed it without really looking too much at the book. Once I picked it up to read I was immediately sucked in.
The premise is simple, it's about a young girl who is living 2 very different lives. During the week with her mom she is Ellen and it's all structure and city living. On the weekends it's the country life and home cooking with her dad and she goes by Joey. She at the point where she has to come into her own and figure out who JoEllen really is.
While the premise is simple, the way that Zimmer tells it is a new take on an old story. Told completely in freestyle poems JoEllen's story unfolds lyrically across the page. Each moment captures not only in the flow of the verse, but in the scrapbook style illustrations that adorn each page. It feels a little like reading a diary, and getting a sneak peek at how this girl is struggling to decide who she really wants to be. You quickly begin to relate to JoEllen and root for her to come out happy.
This is a quick, but powerful read. I'm glad I added it to my personal collection and I can't wait to add it to my library as well.
To learn more about 42 Miles and author Tracie Vaughn Zimmer heck out her website.