• Title: Keesha's House
  • Author: Helen Frost
  • ISBN: 9780374400125
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • Keesha s House An unforgettable narrative collage told in poemsKeesha has found a safe place to live and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can t make it on their own They are Stephie pregnant trying
    An unforgettable narrative collage told in poemsKeesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can t make it on their own They are Stephie pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about Jason Stephie s boyfriend, torn between his responsibility to Stephie and the baby and the promise ofAn unforgettable narrative collage told in poemsKeesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can t make it on their own They are Stephie pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about Jason Stephie s boyfriend, torn between his responsibility to Stephie and the baby and the promise of a college basketball career Dontay in foster care while his parents are in prison, feeling unwanted both inside and outside the system Carmen arrested on a DUI charge, waiting in a juvenile detention center for a judge to hear her case Harris disowned by his father after disclosing that he s gay, living in his car, and taking care of himself Katie angry at her mother s loyalty to an abusive stepfather, losing herself in long hours of work and school Stretching the boundaries of traditional poetic forms sestinas and sonnets Helen Frost s extraordinary debut novel for young adults weaves together the stories of these seven teenagers as they courageously struggle to hold their lives together and overcome their difficulties Keesha s House is a 2004 Bank Street Best Children s Book of the Year.

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    1. I read this book and almost cried when I got finished. I was very angry that it wasn't longer, so shame on you Helen Frost. Like really WHY write a good book if its not going to be long. I really really really liked this book and when I was finished I was like are you serious what the F word author. Ha ha now that I am done ranting lets talk about this book. As soon as I opened this short read I was geeking heavy. I like books with alot of drama and things like that. It really pisses me off thou [...]

    2. This is a story written in poetic form about a group of teenagers struggling with various things. Some have experienced abuse. Some have experienced the harsh realities of home life. Some have had to grow up too fast. But all of them are struggling in some way, shape, or form. Although their struggles are different, their common bond is this place known as Keesha's House. It's a place they can go to escape the bad and feel safe. It is the one thing that happens to bring them all together in thei [...]

    3. I would love to use this book with students. Frost writes poetry that flows so well that you don't realize it's poetry. I think my students could relate to some of the subject matter. I like the use of sextets, sonnets, and other poetry forms.

    4. Elizabeth Centeio December , 5 , 2008 Keesha’s House. That’s the book I just finished reading. The outstanding author that wrote this book is Helen Frost. The genre is fiction but feels like reality. The theme of this book is that there’s always a person you can count on and lift you up when your going through a difficult time. There’s more to this book than just six people living together in a home. It gets deeper than that. It tells a life lesson about these six young teenagers t [...]

    5. Keesha's is a touching story of troubled teens in high school. Keesha along with several other teenagers collectively come to live together while they deal with their issues ranging from abuse, teen pregnancy and more. Keesha's house is a quick read that will pull at your heartstrings!I was a little shocked when I realized that Keesha's house was written in poetry form. I did enjoy it because it made the book a little more personal to the minds and feelings of the main characters, but I think th [...]

    6. Reading Keesha's House should be a prerequisite for calling yourself a human being. Each person, each poem, is a treasure. Frost takes us into the pain and love of teen characters to whom life has not been kind. Some have failed themselves, but overwhelmingly, they have been failed by adults whose moral obligation to care for them they seem to have overlooked, or been too cowardly to meet.Interestingly, none of these teens suffer from mental illness or physical or mental disabilities. All hail f [...]

    7. The book Keesha's House is about six young teens that have difficulties in their lives. One of the teens is named Keesha Walker, she found a house were a lot of people can go if there is no place else. I really enjoyed this booked because all of the peolple lead such different lives, yet, they are all connected in one way, that is Keesha's house. I would recommend this to readers, because the author, Helen Frost, holds your attention and never lets go.

    8. what the book was about is that a girl named keesha found a safe house to live in. other kids go there when they can't make it on their own. I recommend this book because its intresting and it is a very good book.

    9. I was pleasantly surprised by this book! When I found out that it was written in poetry format, I was a little bit concerned because that was not the typical style of writing that I was familiar with, or even enjoyed. This book, though, takes us through several different stories of children growing up in high school and their life struggles that they are facing. Keesha is one of the characters who lives with a man named Joe where the house is a safe haven of sorts, and each of the kids in the st [...]

    10. Helen Frost's Keesha's House is not your traditional young adult book in the sense that it touches on the dark part of life that some children face. In her story told in poetic structure, Many are runaways with a different story: one who left an abusive father, a kid whose parents are in jail and is in the foster system, a girls whose mom married a abusive man, a girl who's pregnant but cant tell her parents, etc. It also gives a sneak peek into the lives of each character and what they are spec [...]

    11. Required Reading: Keesha’s House by Helen FrostSeven very different teenagers find themselves coming together in very different ways. Each one is facing their own mountain to climb. Teen pregnancy, homosexuality, drinking, and other huge life trails seem to find themselves on seven young people. They all just need to place to stay; some physically and some emotionally. Either way each one finds a place at Keesha’s House.It’s hard for me to say that I love this book. But it’s made me thin [...]

    12. In the book Keesha's House we read about multiple characters and the trials that they are each going through individually. The short sestinas and sonnets depicted by each character tell a story. Throughout the book we see the characters mature and grow in many ways. Each character ends up at Keesha's house at some point or another in the book and that is what connects all of our characters. They are each going through something and it is at Keesha's house that they find peace, comfort, love and [...]

    13. Seven troubled teens are facing their own real world problems. They don't have much in common other than Keesha's house- their safe haven. I was kind of nervous when I first saw that the book is written in poems (sestinas). Poetry is tough for me because on my own I enjoy it, but I've been in enough literature classes where my teacher is over analyzing it and stuffing the "hidden meanings" down our throats that I get turned off on the idea of discussing it. I was worried that's what this was goi [...]

    14. As someone who grew up relatively privileged, in a nice area, and with parents and friends who loved me, this was a really eye-opening book. I always knew that there were kids and teenagers that had it harder than I did, but this book made it much more real to me, and I enjoyed seeing the perspectives of the characters as they dealt with various problems that no kid should have to deal with. Each of the characters has some struggle they are facing, and each struggle is unique, and not something [...]

    15. The story follows 7 teens in troubled times of their lives told through sestina's and sonnets. Each teen finds themselves at Keesha's house at one time or another. At Keesha's house many of the youth find strength to go back to their families or to form new families there. This is a coming of age story for many of the characters. Many "taboo" topics are addressed: teen pregnancy, homosexuality, homelessness, abuse, molestation, and others. The story is mostly told through the eyes of the kids bu [...]

    16. This book tells the stories of several teens facing great obstacles who all end up at Keesha's house where they can find safety and refuge. Some of the issues and problems they face include abuse, pregnancy, drugs, homosexuality, parents in prison, and parents who are unsupportive or even abandon them. Although the book is a work of fiction, it tells the honest and real stories of many teens today. It is written in beautiful poetry form that I didn't appreciate (or even recognize) until I read a [...]

    17. This book by Helen Frost is about a group of teenagers who are all going through various trials. Some of them know each other in the beginning, but they are all eventually drawn together and connected through their shared struggles. This book addresses teen pregnancy, alcohol abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, exile, and abandonment. There is an overall feeling of a "happily ever after" ending, which can instill hope in the reader.This book is written through poetic form, but it reads like [...]

    18. Keesha's House is a collection of the perspectives of seven high school students. They each have different situations that they have to deal with in their lives such as getting pregnant, dealing with DUIs, and coming out to parents. These stories are told in the form of poetry. It also includes the perspective of the parents, teachers, and social workers that are in contact with these teenagers.This book was actually kind of fascinating for me. It was sad to read the perspectives of the teens an [...]

    19. "Keesha's House" is a collection of journal-entry-like poems by a cast of troubled teens as they struggle with finding themselves homeless for a variety of reasons. Through these poems, the reader watches each character's story progress individually and pieces together how all the teens become connected to and find comfort with one another.The first couple of acts of "Keesha's House" were difficult for me to get into. I have little tolerance for "angst for the sake of angst", and the unrelenting [...]

    20. Keesha's House is a conglomeration of misfits looking for a society, a place, that accepts them. Some of the poetic forms that Frost uses are like houses that allow exploration within their lines, whether that be the exploration of self, grappling with moral dilemmas, and finding compassion within oneself for the characters and their experiences. This book deals with mature issues, not that the content is mature, but the dilemmas and the anxiety of how to handle said dilemmas are set more for yo [...]

    21. "Keesha's House" is reminiscent of "Bronx Masquerade" but with better poetry, a more cohesive plot, a more manageable cast of characters, and just higher overall quality. I think this book would appeal to a wide audience - almost every student could find something about at least one of the characters to connect with. What I especially LOVE about this book is that, not only is it a novel in verse, but it is a story told through two very specific forms of poetry - sestinas and sonnets. AND the aut [...]

    22. This book of poetry follows several kids in high school going through very difficult situations. This is a book of poems, but it is told in the sense of a story. As you follow along you find out that one couple are dealing with teenager pregnancy and everything that comes with that, while others are dealing with foster care, abusive fathers, being kicked out for sexual orientation, and also their own struggles of drugs and drinking. They all seem to grow and learn throughout the book as they fin [...]

    23. Keesha's House by Helen Frost is a collection of narrative poems illustrating the trials of six different teenagers. Each narrator faces their own trials with things like alcoholism, homosexuality, teen pregnancy and foster care. Over the course of the novel the characters all find solace in each other and a house which they all spend time in to escape the pressures from the adults around them. In the end, they all find peace and are able to move forward. The reason I gave this book such a low r [...]

    24. Keesha's house is a book, written in poetry style, that tells the story of multiple teens going through difficult life struggles. Stephie and her boyfriend Jason have to deal with teen pregnancy; Harris faces bullying and a lack of family acceptance because of his sexual orientation; Dontay is in a foster home while his parents serve prison sentences, and he gets involved with gang violence; Carmen gets a DUI; Katie has a sexually abusive stepfather; And Keesha is left with an alcoholic father a [...]

    25. Keesha's House is a story, written in verse, about a group of high school students who find themselves in very unfortunate situations and are forced to become adults at a very young age. This book deals with problems ranging from teen pregnancy, to homosexuality, and stretching all the way to death. Each story is different and is told from the perspective of the respective people passing through these problems.I completely respect the direction that Frost wanted to take this book, but I feel tha [...]

    26. I liked Keesha's House by Helen Frost; I don't usually read poetry, but I found Frost's stories about seven teenagers trying to survive in the world to be engaging and interesting. Each teenager is going through an extremely difficult time in their lives, ranging from drug use to murder to teenage pregnancy to abandonment, and each teenager is able to find strength and support in each other at Keesha's House. Keesha's House is a safe place where these teenagers can stay, where no one asks questi [...]

    27. This story is one that captures the lives of various individual teenagers going through different life-challenges. All must come to terms with their own circumstances, learn to rely on themselves, and hopefully find a way to communicate effectively with the adults in their lives. It touches on the issues of teenage pregnancy, homelessness, sexual abuse, foster care, and being honest with parents about homosexuality. Helen Frost does an impeccable job with her sestina style of writing, along with [...]

    28. Written in poems, this book tells the stories of seven struggling teenagers: Stephie, Jason, Dontay, Carmen, Harris, Katie, and Keesha. Joe's house--which comes to be known as Keesha's house--is a safe place for anyone to stay. Each teenager faces different issues, from teen pregnancy to juvenile detention, and they eventually find their way to Keesha's house for refuge. Read to find out how these teenagers overcome and deal with their problems.This was an interesting book--I haven't ever read a [...]

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