Reaching for Sun

Reaching for Sun Josie Wyatt knows what it means to be different Her family s small farmhouse seems to shrink each time another mansion grows up behind it She lives with her career obsessed mom and opinionated Gran b

  • Title: Reaching for Sun
  • Author: Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
  • ISBN: 9781599900377
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Josie Wyatt knows what it means to be different Her family s small farmhouse seems to shrink each time another mansion grows up behind it She lives with her career obsessed mom and opinionated Gran, but has never known her father Then there s her cerebral palsy even if Josie wants to forget that she was born with a disability, her mom can t seem to let it go Yet whenJosie Wyatt knows what it means to be different Her family s small farmhouse seems to shrink each time another mansion grows up behind it She lives with her career obsessed mom and opinionated Gran, but has never known her father Then there s her cerebral palsy even if Josie wants to forget that she was born with a disability, her mom can t seem to let it go Yet when a strange new boy Jordan moves into one of the houses nearby, he seems oblivious to all the things that make Josie different Before long, Josie finds herself reaching out for something she s never really known a friend and possibly Interlinked free verse poems tell the beautiful, heartfelt story of a girl, a family farm reduced to a garden, and a year of unforgettable growth.

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    1. I had always thought I wasn't into books in prose, but I know I'm wrong now. It takes talent to tell a story without too many words, but with enough imagery to capture the readers interest.Josie is a girl with cerebral palsy and feels very much on the outskirts of life. Until one day she meets a fellow outsider, Jordan, does she begin to feel a sense of normalcy. Though the book is short we go through a year of Josie's life and quite a year it is. On the lower right hand corner of the page there [...]


    2. Reaching for Sun is a story in verse, providing the insights to the world of protagonist Josie, a girl who lives with cerebral palsy. She is aware of her limitations and her strengths, as well as the social isolation during the middle school years. She lives with two strong characters, her mom who is never home between work and school and her gram who provides warmth and wisdom. As Jordan enters the story, the new sensitive and geeky kid in the neighborhood, Josie finds real friendship with a pe [...]


    3. I usually hesitate with books in verse though the few that I have read I liked. After being told how great Reaching for Sun was I decided to give it a try. I read it in one day and it was effortless. In the few words that are used I understood what was trying to be said. Cerebral Palsy makes others around Josie think she is retarded but she knows full well about the things going on around her. Josie is realistic in her views of the world but not really self pitying. She is more frustrated than a [...]


    4. I would recommend this book for grade 7 and up. This is a story about a girl named Josie. She has cerebral palsy and lives in a farm with her family. Developers are trying to take the land from her family. I love that this story is told from a seventh graders point of view in free-verse! It makes the story so much more rich and almost tangible. A rich boy named Jordan moves to a mansion behind the farmhouse, Josie soon realizes they have similar passions. Jordan is neglected by his father, so he [...]


    5. So this is a rare occasion, but it I really enjoyed this book even though it was written in verse. My main complaint with poetry books is that they I cannot connect to the characters, but this was not the case with this story.We follow young Josie who has cerebral palsy, and her life with her mom and grandma. She meets a young boy named Jordan, and both become best friends, as he doesn't judge her for her disease (unlike all other kids at school).This book was so sweet and heartwarming. I couldn [...]


    6. Pretty good. Not amazing.ContentLanguageTwo mentions of “cussing”; someone “flips someone off”; a shortened version of the “r” word; a use of the full “r” wordViolence and darknessSome visits to a family graveyard; a character’s mother died in an accident when the character was a toddler; an old person has a stroke; in the ER, there’s a brief mention of a shaken baby caseSexual contentMention of a baby being “conceived”; a scene where four people wear bathing suits, which [...]


    7. Recommended for ages 10 and upFrom BooklistAs if seventh grade weren't enough of a challenge for anyone, Josie also struggles with cerebral palsy, social isolation, a mom she needs more time and support from, and monster bulldozers that are carving up the countryside to build huge homes around her family's old farmhouse. Enter new neighbor Jordan, a sensitive kid whose geeky, science-loving ways bring a fun spirit of discovery into Josie's days. He melds with her and her family, especially the w [...]


    8. Reaching for Sun is a wonderful book that opens up your eyes to what it is like living with cerebral palsy. The book follows a young girl named Josie and is written in first person from her perspective. One thing I really enjoyed about this book was that it was written in poem form, which kept me focused and intrigued throughout the whole book. At the beginning of the book, Josie feels really alone and only has her grandmother to talk to until a boy named Jordan moves in the rich neighborhood ne [...]


    9. Zimmer, T.V. (2007). Reaching for Sun. New York: Bloomsbury.181 pages.Appetizer: Josie Wyatt is in the seventh grade. She lives with her mom (who is almost never around since she's trying to complete her college degree) and her grandmother. She hates school. She's never met her father. Her family has had to sell most of their farm land and must watch subdivisions for the rich be built around their house. She is bullied by most of the kids at school. And she has cerebral palsy.Reaching for the Su [...]


    10. Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer is a 2008 Schneider Family Book Award winner. This book is written in free verse poetry, narrated by the protagonist Josie Wyatt, a middle school student with cerebral palsy. Josie lives in a small farmhouse with her mother and grandmother. Acres of their farmland needed to be sold when her mom decided to go back to college to pursue her career. Subsequently, the sold land becomes a new development consisting of enormous homes. Fortunately for Josie, a bo [...]


    11. Usually, I don’t like verse at all. I haven’t read a book in verse since my “conversion” into liking poetry this summer. I got Reaching for Sun without knowing it is written in verse, and surprised myself by liking the first poem. I figured that if I liked the first poem, I might like the second. If I liked the second, I might like the third, etc. until I had read the entire book.Josie suffers from cerebral palsy, and everything not thought about by people without cerebral palsy is painf [...]


    12. Vaughn Zimmer, Tracie. (2007). Reaching for Sun. Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books.Junior Book Log: Schneider Family2008 Schneider Family Award WinnerI chose this book because someone close to me has cerebral palsy and I wanted to get an idea of what things might be like from her perspective. Although I didn't learn anything I didn't already know, and although this is just a fiction written by someone without cerebral palsy, this story still hit home for me. The main character of this story, [...]


    13. Junior Book LogTitle: Reaching for SunAuthor: Tracie Vaughn ZimmerCategory: Schneider FamilySource: Junior Book Award 2008Reaching for Sun tells the story of a seventh-grade girl named Josie who was born with cerebral palsy. The author wrote the book as a set of free verse poems that are separated into the four seasons, and tells the story of one full year of Josie’s life. She starts off feeling different and an outsider who doesn’t have a great relationship with her mother so she just follo [...]


    14. Zimmer, Tracie. Reaching for Sun. Bloombury, 2007.Josie has cerebral palsy, and she doesn't have many friends at school because it is difficult for her to communicate. When Jordan moves next door, though, she finds a friend who sees past her disability and is willing to get to know her. Told in blank verse, this is a story of a year in Josie's life as she advocates for herself and her needs as well as dealing with the ups and downs of life in general.This book was a very fast read. Blank verse i [...]


    15. This poem novel is recommended for students in grades 7 and up and is a Schneider Family Book Award (2008). This book chronicles the life and struggles of Josie, a seventh grade girl with Cerebral Palsy, who lives with her mother and grandmother. It also describes in detail a blooming friendship between Josie and Jordan, her neighbor, as well as challenges, which include her grandmother’s illness and her best friend going off to camp for the summer. This is a heartwarming and inspiring story i [...]


    16. This verse novel was a new experience for me. It was nice how the thoughts were complete, but the words were so carefully selected that not many words were needed to create an amazing effect. I also enjoyed how the subject changed each page or two, definitely kept me interested and wanting to turn the page to see what would come up next.The main character, Josie, has cerebral palsy and is used to her school friends making fun of her. She spends most of her time with her Gran and her mother (even [...]


    17. Published in 2007, the realistic fiction book Reaching For Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer is a wonderful book and excepting people for who they are that I found very interesting and thought provoking. It starts in the middle of 7th grade with a girl named Josie, who suffers from cerebral palsy. People pick on her for her slow speech, and her disability, where her wrist and shoulder are connected, she has a limp, and her thumb is pasted to her palm, which sets her behind all the other kids in terms [...]


    18. A sweet, quiet book written in verse, about a 7th grader, Josie, who happens to have cerebral palsy. She has some speech difficulty, and her arm and leg are affected, but she can communicate just fine with others. She lives on her family's farm (which has been sold off in parcels for subdivisions, so it is no longer a farm), with her single mom and her grandmother. The whole family loves to garden and grow things; her mother is studying for her nursery management degree, and the book is full of [...]


    19. Reaching for the Sun By: Tracie ZimmerLexile Level: N/APages: 182Summary: This book is written in verse by Josie Wyatt who has cerebral palsy. She gets teased at school because her speech is different and she walks very awkwardly; as she says “everyone knows I am special ed.” She really has a rough and grueling life; she has to go to a speech therapist, occupational therapist & a physical therapist. The physical stretches that she has to do are painful, but she must do them if she doesn [...]


    20. Reaching for the Sun By: Tracie ZimmerLexile Level: N/APages: 182Summary: This book is written in verse by Josie Wyatt who has cerebral palsy. She gets teased at school because her speech is different and she walks very awkwardly; as she says “everyone knows I am special ed.” She really has a rough and grueling life; she has to go to a speech therapist, occupational therapist & a physical therapist. The physical stretches that she has to do are painful, but she must do them if she doesn [...]


    21. This book is an exercise in beauty from beginning to end. Written in verse, it tells the story of one summer in the life of a young girl with cerebral palsy. Josie lives with her mother and grandmother on a family farm that is being sold piece by piece to developers who want to build mansions. Josie has no friends, none that is until Jordan's family moves into one of the mansions behind her house. He does not seem to notice Josie's differences and she finds herself hoping that she has a friend. [...]


    22. As a teacher there are several reasons why I would choose to include this book in my classrom library and in my literature circles. I read this book because it was written in poetic verse. I wanted to find texts that supported the 6th grade curriculum that involves reading and writing poetry. The book Reaching for Sun does give an excellent example of poetic prose.The other reason why I would want to include this book in my classroom library is because it is written from the perspective of a gir [...]


    23. Josie Wyatt is a little girl that isn't quite same as everyone else. Josie and her family lives in a small farmhouse. Her mother has an obsession, and her grandmother is dogmatic. Josie has never known/seen her father. Josie also has a disorder called cerebral palsy, and her hand is deformed. Sometimes Josie tries to forget about her disorder, but with her mom it seems impossible to forget. Jordan, Josie's friend, doesn't understand her disorder and makes it oblivious. He somewhat makes her feel [...]


    24. I don’t know why I picked up this book, or even that it was written in verse, but I’m glad I did. I had not seen this form of writing before – sort of a novella in verse. But as someone once told Robert Heinlein, “Good fiction, is good fiction.” This story of a young girl with cerebral palsy has well developed characters that you get to know and care about, and all the structural elements of a good novel. On top of that Tracie Zimmer is a heck of a poet.I think you will probably find t [...]


    25. This is a novel in verse, something I’m usually not a fan of, but I loved it here. Josie is a young teenager who has cerebral palsy, and no friends because of that. When Jordan moves into the neighborhood, he not only becomes Josie’s friend, but possibly more. Josie’s life fills with helping her grandmother garden, doing science experiments with Jordan, and volunteering at an old folks’ home. The seasons change and so does Josie - bonus if you get a hardcopy with a flip book flower in th [...]


    26. Really great book. It is by the same person who wrote the Floating Circus.This book is full of beautiful and heartfelt free verse poems telling a story about a girl with celeberal palsy. Josie Wyatt has no friends and people assume she is stupid just because she is handicapped. Finally a great boy Jordan comes along and sticks by her. Being his friend helps her learn that she is fine just the way she is even if her mother can't seem to let her disability go. Jordan helps her go through a life fu [...]


    27. Josie has cerebral palsy, she tries to forget, but her mother is constantly reminding her. It's not until a new boy moves into the neighborhood that Josie sees what it is like to have a friend, someone who treats her like he doesn't notice anything different about her.This book was pretty sweet. It was written entirely in poems and I loved how the author described Josie's world in only a couple words or sentences and yet you understood exactly what she meant. It was a fairly quick read and I tho [...]


    28. Verse NovelI really enjoyed this book! I didn't think I would like it because of the way it was set up in verses, but I think it actually made the book even more enjoyable. Even though Josie had cerebral palsy she was still extremely smart and it made me mad when kids that didn't even know her would make fun of her. It also made me mad when the "popular" girl invited Jordan to her pool party just so he could fetch the ball when it went out of the pool. I thought it was amazing though how Jordan [...]


    29. This is the story of Josie, a girl who lives with her mother and grandmother on the family farm, which is slowly being surrounded by new developments. Mom is busy with a job, school, and worrying about Josie, who has cerebral palsy, and Gran loves gardening and plants, a passion she shares with Josie. Unfortunately, Josie lacks friends her own age. Through free form verse, Josie expresses her isolation and frustrations, but when a Jordan moves into one of the new mansions, she finds he shares he [...]


    30. Reaching for the Sun is a novel in verse form. 13-year-old Josie has cerebral palsy and no friends. All the kids at school think she’s retarded. (Her words, not mine.) Josie lives with her mother and grandmother on a beautiful piece of property covered with plants and flowers. Josie’s mom is going back to college and Josie barely sees her anymore. Seventh grade is horrible until a new boy moves into the neighborhood. Jordan is extremely smart and knows lots of random facts. He and Josie quic [...]


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