It’s Poetry Friday, and also day one of the third week in my Readalong. This week I am delighted to invite you to read along with me (or, if you can’t easily get hold of a copy, just learn a bit more about) Roses are Blue. Firstly, here’s the beautiful cover, featuring the illustrative genius of Gabriel Evans.
In the last two weeks I have introduced each book by sharing the book trailer but, I don’t have one for Roses are Blue. So, instead I thought I might offer an insight into the book by quoting from the excellent review librarian Debra Pearson wrote of the book when it was included in the The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities in 2015.
In this verse novel for young readers, narrator Amber Rose struggles to reconcile the two sharply-divided parts of her life: before and after a terrible accident.
You can read the rest of Debra’s thorough review here.
To further introduce you to the story, here’s a clip of me reading the opening pages:
And a little glimpse inside:
In my next few posts I’ll share a bit more about this verse novel. If you have a copy, I’d love if you would read along with me – and even ask me some questions. If you’d like to buy a copy, ask your local bookstore. It is also available online. And if you’d like to chat about the book, share a photo of it on your bookshelf or anything else, use the hashtags #blueroses or #readwithsally, and tag me on Instagram,Facebook or Twitter.
This week’s Poetry Friday roundup is hosted by Christie at Wondering and Wondering (now isn’t that an excellent name for a blog!). Head there to see what other poetry goodness is on offer around the blogosphere and to check out Christie’s very celever bird poem, inspried by Thoreau (and that hashtag: #ThoreaulyInspired – so clever!)