Reaching for Sun

Reaching for Sun

By Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781599900377, 181pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2007


Josie Wyatt knows what it means to be different. Her family's small farmhouse seems to shrink each time another mansion grows up behind it. She lives with her career-obsessed mom and opinionated Gran, but has never known her father. Then there's her cerebral palsy: even if Josie wants to forget that she was born with a disability, her mom can't seem to let it go. Yet when a strange new boy--Jordan--moves into one of the houses nearby, he seems oblivious to all the things that make Josie different. Before long, Josie finds herself reaching out for something she's never really known: a friend and possibly more. Interlinked free verse poems tell the beautiful, heartfelt story of a girl, a family farm reduced to a garden, and a year of unforgettable growth.

About the Author
Tracie Vaughn Zimmer's first teaching assignment was special education. She taught high school students with autism and middle school children with developmental and learning disabilities. She holds a master's degree in reading education and is the author of a book of poetry," Sketches from a Spy Tree" (Clarion). She loves living in Waxhaw, North Carolina, with her family but will always consider Ohio her home.

Praise For Reaching for Sun

From BooklistWritten in verse, this quick-reading, appealing story will capture readers' hearts with its winsome heroine and affecting situations. --Booklist 
From Kirkus Reviews 
*Starred Review* Josie's strength shines as she handles sadness and loss as well as recovery and progress. Readers living with a disability or trying to understand others seem like the target audience, but Josie's voice has a universal appeal. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
From Horn Book 
Garden imagery wends its way through this eloquent free verse novel. …Zimmer infuses Josie's story with distinctive auxiliary characters. --Horn Book
From The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 
An easy-reading drama that may particularly entice reluctant readers. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
From School Library Journal 
Readers of all levels will enjoy spending time with Josie and may gain an increased awareness of what it's like to live with a disability. --School Library Journal From TeensReadToo.comI definitely recommend this book for any girls who love to read, and I guarantee that you will love it just like I did. I give it 4 stars!