Sweeping Up the Heart Library Binding – Import, 19 March 2019
“A shimmering novel that touches on human frailty, the consolations of art, and the mysteries of growing up.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Captured on the threshold of puberty’s tumultuous changes, Amelia and Casey quiver with hope and longing. Like a Chinese brush painting made of words, this short novel distills the slow-building impatience of early adolescence down to its essence—not much happens, yet everything does. . . . Spare, luminous, lovely.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Henkes’s profound understanding of the adolescent heart and mind is evident . . . In economic prose, Henkes evokes the complexity of his characters’ emotions and relationships, and offers a feel-good resolution.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“In that confusing space between childhood and adulthood, Amelia finds comfort in talking to her beloved stuffed lamb even as she experiences her first crush and wonders ‘what kind of woman she would be when she grew up.’ The week’s cheerlessness morphs into something complex and important.” (Horn Book (starred review))
“A stunning realistic fiction novel, Amelia’s story is woven tightly with themes of friendship, grief, and love. In his signature classic style, Henkes perfectly captures the hope paramount to the youthful heart, while honoring difficult themes. . . [A] smooth, compact, emotionally nuanced novel with relatable characters.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Amelia is a winning character: a dreamy, old soul who perfectly displays the naivety and the wisdom of growing up. Humor and lyrical language buoy the . . . narrative. Henkes’s latest story is, like most life changes, quiet yet momentous.” (ALA Booklist)
“Henkes writes in still pools with occasional ripples, a clarity of approach that gives his writing immediacy along with precision. . .Readers will sympathize with [Amelia] as she negotiates some complicated human dynamics and comes out with more understanding.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Henkes is the master of quiet yet potent observation, and this slender novel sensitively maps the heart of a girl on the cusp of ‘whatever was still to come.’” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
About the Author
Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com
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- Publisher : Greenwillow Books (19 March 2019)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062852558
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062852557
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 272 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.99 x 18.73 cm
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I was delighted to read an ARC of SWEEPING UP THE HEART, his most recent novel. I realized I have not read enough of his novels, which I’ll be remedying in 2019!
Sweeping Up the Heart captures Amelia’s feelings and hopes with such beautiful language that you almost feel you’re reading poetry. The story unfolds with humor, emotion, and the messy loveliness of human relationships. It’s amazing that in less than 200 pages, Henkes can tell a complex story with fully developed characters, and leave me in a puddle of tears. I think kids reading this will connect at many different levels, which makes it a perfect middle grade read.