Pieces of Georgia


“I liked this book a LOT!” –Jamie Wyeth

School Library Journal
This is a remarkable book … The finely drawn characters come to life … Their story is a universal one of love, friendship, and loss and will be appreciated by a wide audience.

A free membership to the Brandywine River Museum. That’s the perfect gift for a grieving 13-year-old with artistic talent and a need to remove the “at risk” label from her permanent school record. It is also a passport for Georgia McCoy, an avenue out of her shyness, into the art world of her deceased mother, and toward an understanding of her struggling father. Georgia's free-verse journal entries describe her lonely existence, her grief at losing not just her mother but also her father, and her perceptive insights into the art of three generations of the Wyeth family. It’s a lovely, quiet novel, a study in a child’s struggle for survival and the adults who recognize her pain and decide to help. Readers will be able to go to the Brandywine River Museum Web site and see the paintings Georgia describes, an interesting art extension that adds depth to an involving story, suitable for both recreational reading and reading and discussing in class.

Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
Jen Bryant, author of nearly a dozen biographical picture books and now two young adult novels, joins the ranks of such talented artists as Sharon Creech, Robert Cormier, Nikki Grimes, and Karen Hesse with her novel in verse, Pieces of Georgia … A smoothly crafted story with authentic voice and genuine emotions that is easily accessible to young readers.

Kirkus Reviews
The moment in which [Georgia] finds out who gave her the museum membership is moving and lovely and is the perfect signature on this affecting work of art. –Kirkus Reviews

The Philadelphia Inquirer
The told-in-verse style pushes the book along seamlessly with a harmonious rhythm that almost calls out to be read aloud …

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