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These Are Not the Words

by Amanda West Lewis

tagged: drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, 20th century, music
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publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

New York City in the 1960s is the humming backdrop for this poignant, gritty story about a girl who sees her parents as flawed human beings for the first time, and finds the courage to make a fresh start.

Missy’s mother has gone back to school to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. Missy’s father works in advertising and takes Missy on secret midnight excursions to Harlem and the Village so she can share his love of jazz. The two write poems for each other — poems that gradually become an exchange of apologies as Missy’s father’s alcohol and drug addiction begins to take over their lives. 

When Missy’s mother finally decides that she and her daughter must make a fresh start, Missy has to leave her old apartment, her school, her best friend and her cats and become a latchkey kid while her mother gets a job. But she won’t give up on trying to save her family, even though this will involve a hard journey from innocence to action, and finally acceptance. 

Based on the events and people of her own childhood, Amanda Lewis’s gorgeous novel is driven by Missy’s irresistible, optimistic voice, buoyed by the undercurrents of poetry and music.

 

Key Text Features

poems

dialogue

literary references

epigraph

vignettes

About the Author

Amanda West Lewis has built a life filled with words on the page and on the stage, combining careers as a writer, theatre director, and calligrapher. She is the artistic director and founder of the Ottawa Children’s Theatre, a company dedicated to enriching young lives through drama. Amanda holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, with a specialist certificate in writing picture books. Her published work includes seven books for children and youth ranging from historical YA fiction to craft and picture books. A professional calligrapher, her work has been featured in international shows and she has taught the history of letterform throughout Ontario. She is passionate about the importance of arts education for all ages. You can find more about Amanda at http://www.amandawestlewis.com, on Facebook at @amandawest.lewis, and on Twitter at @AmandaWestLewis.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Editorial Review

Powerful, simultaneously simple and complex.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials