The One Thing You'd Save

by Linda Sue Park

On Sale: 03/16/2021

The One Thing You'd Save

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The One Thing You'd Save

by Linda Sue Park

illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng

On Sale: 03/16/2021

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Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice

Bank Street Children’s Best Books of the Year

Kirkus Reviews Best Books

Massachusetts Children's Book Award

Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

ALA Notable Children’s Book

About the Book

If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class. Recipient of four starred reviews!

"[Park's] message is powerful: We don’t need a great blazing tragedy to determine what we hold most precious in our lives; we can define what’s vital through our thoughts and memories, always at hand, in our heads and hearts—safe, where the flames don’t reach."—New York Times Book Review

When a teacher asks her class what one thing they would save in an emergency, some students know the answer right away. Others come to their decisions more slowly. And some change their minds when they hear their classmates’ responses. A lively dialog ignites as the students discover unexpected facets of one another—and themselves.

With her ear for authentic dialog and knowledge of kids’ priorities and emotions, Linda Sue Park brings the varied voices of an inclusive classroom to life through carefully honed, engaging, and instantly accessible verse. Elegantly illustrated with black-and-white by Robert Sae-Heng art throughout.

Critical Praise

★ "The class’s camaraderie and caring spirit comes through clearly, poised to inspire thoughtful classroom discussion." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

★ "This is a combination of piquant premise and accessible, engaging text... that will invite both reluctant and enthusiastic literati to reconsider their possessions. It also cries out to be a classroom read or even readaloud." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781328515131
  • ISBN 10: 1328515133
  • Imprint: Clarion Books
  • On Sale: 03/16/2021
  • Pages: 72
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry (see also Stories in Verse)
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Disasters

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