REVIEW: Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Little Willow joins us again for another review:

I review a variety of books at my blog, Bildungsroman. Most are young adult fiction, some are for children, some are for adults, but one thing they all have in common is strength of character.

Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer definitely has a strong protagonist – a young girl who is stronger than she knows.

Josie was born with cerebral palsy, a condition which has affected one side of her body more than the other. She is a little shy and a little embarrassed to be in the special education class. Over the course of a year, she flourishes,  just like the flowers in her family’s garden. As things change with the seasons, so does she, thanks in part to an unexpected new friend, her motivated mother, and her inspirational grandmother.

Reaching for Sun is a verse novel told from Josie’s point of view. Though Josie sometimes has difficulties expressing herself and speaking her thoughts, her voice on the page is full of strength. The book is split into four portions, marking each season and accentuating it with a famous quote. Reaching for Sun is a beautiful book simply told.

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