Crist-Evans, Craig. North of everything.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

CRIST-EVANS, Craig. North of everything. Candlewick. 80p. c2004. 0-7636-2098-X. $15.99. J

In a series of prose poems, an unnamed boy relates how his family moves from Miami to a farm in Vermont and starts a new life there. His mother becomes pregnant, but as her belly swells his father grows thinner. A baby sister is born; his father dies of cancer; his mother fights alcoholism. The seasons change and life goes on, with grief tempered by the baby, by spring, by new calves and crops growing on the farm.

This spare, affecting novel in verse, by poet/writer Crist-Evans (author of...

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