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Two sisters, Jeannie and Sarah, tell their separate yet tightly interwoven stories in alternating narrative poems. Each sister - Jeannie, who leaves Scotland during the Highland Clearances with her father, mother, and the younger children, and Sarah, who hides so she can stay behind with her grandmother - carries a length of the other's hair braided with her own. The braid binds them together when they are worlds apart and reminds them of who they used to be before they were evicted from the Western Isles, where their family had lived for many generations.
 
The award-winning poet Helen Frost eloquently twists strand over strand of language, braiding the words at the edges of the poems to bring new poetic forms to life while intertwining the destinies of two young girls and the people who cross their paths in this unforgettable novel. An author's note describes the inventive poetic form in detail.
 
The Braid is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: The Braid
Author(s): Helen Frost
ISBN: 0-374-30962-0 / 978-0-374-30962-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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May 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Braid (Thorndike Literacy Bridge Middle Reader)
Author(s): Helen Frost
ISBN: 0-7862-9497-3 / 978-0-7862-9497-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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Paperback Editions

October 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Braid
Author(s): Helen Frost
ISBN: 0-374-30071-2 / 978-0-374-30071-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Kindle Editions

September 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Braid
Author(s): Helen Frost
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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