The Braid

Frost, Helen. 2006. The Braid. New York: Frances Foster Books. ISBN 0-374-30962-0. $16.00. Hardcover

*ALA Best books for Young Adults

*Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry Honor Book

*NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

*Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book

*NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

*Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice

*School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

*Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Master List

The story of two sisters, one who stays in Ireland while the other goes to Canada to escape the Highland Clearings.

Before they part ways, Jeannie  and Sarah exchange braids of hair as a remembrance. Jeannie escapes to Canada with her parents and three other siblings to escape the Highland Clearings.  Sarah decides to stay with her grandmother and go back to grandmother’s birth place. Their tales is told through verse and the connections are as tight as Celtic knots. Will the girls ever hear from each other again or will the only thing that holds them together be The Braid?


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