• Title: Pretty Omens
  • Author: A. LaFaye
  • ISBN: 9780990685630
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pretty Omens Cass Anne Marie came squalling into her mother s waiting arms a mother who had known the hard edge of expecting after three previous stillbirths A fierce winter crept over their small mountain commun
    Cass Anne Marie came squalling into her mother s waiting arms, a mother who had known the hard edge of expecting after three previous stillbirths A fierce winter crept over their small mountain community and took Cass Anne s life, but her mother cried her back crying so hard she brought her infant s soul back to the living, breathing world The residents of the communCass Anne Marie came squalling into her mother s waiting arms, a mother who had known the hard edge of expecting after three previous stillbirths A fierce winter crept over their small mountain community and took Cass Anne s life, but her mother cried her back crying so hard she brought her infant s soul back to the living, breathing world The residents of the community believe this opened Cass Anne up to the devil so they shun her and her mama, protecting their families from the devil child In an effort to tip the cosmic scales in her favor, Cass Anne fills her days with small kindnesses for her unsuspecting neighbors When she begins to receive omens of bad things to come, folks are certain the devil is using the child Cass Anne isn t to be believed and it is only after tragedy strikes that the town is forced to see that omens can be a thing of beauty and a young girl can be an instrument of grace.

    One Reply to “Pretty Omens”

    1. Let me get this out there first this book is different from most novels in verse for young people in that the poetry is a) poetry (not broken-up lines of prose) and b) rich, layered, musical, breathtaking, sometimes heart-stopping poetry. Moreover, I think there is an expectation that verse novels--and even the best of the best, such as the stunningly poetic verse novels of Margarita Engle and Jacqueline Woodson, support this expectation--should be extremely accessible reads. Novels in verse ar [...]

    2. Novel-in-verse? Check. Epic? Check.Retelling/reimagining of a myth? Check.LaFaye's language is spot on. This is imminently readable!

    3. Under a full moon on Crowley Ridge, Cass Anne Marie was born to Mama Sela who had already lost three children. She and her husband loved that baby but when winter came with bitter cold, Cass Anne Marie came down with a fever. When it looked as though her daughter would not survive, she prayed and called her child back. The local people in this area of Appalachia thought that the mother had made a deal with the devil and shunned the child. She was not allowed into the church or into the fellowshi [...]

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