The Girl Who Became a Tree : A Story Told in Poems by Joseph Coelho (Author)

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Illustrated by:Kate Milner Format:Hardback 176 pages, Illustrations, black and white Publisher:Otter-Barry Books Ltd Imprint:Otter-Barry Books Ltd ISBN:9781913074784 Published:27 Aug 2020 Classifications:Poetry (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: family issues (Children's / Teenage) Readership:Teenage / Young Adult Weight:438g Dimensions:140 x 205 x 25 (mm) Pub. Country:United Kingdom For sale in: All countries Description Daphne is unbearably sad and adrift. She feels the painful loss of her father acutely and seeks solace both in the security of her local library and the escape her phone screen provides by blocking out the world around her. As Daphne tries to make sense of what has happened she recalls memories of shared times and stories past, and in facing the darkness she finds a way back from the tangle of fear and confusion, to feel connected once more with her friends and family. The Girl Who Became a Tree sees Joseph Coelho deploy a wide variety of poetic forms with consummate skill in its narration of events. He seamlessly but searingly weaves together the ancient legend of Daphne, who was turned into a tree to avoid the attentions of the god Apollo, and a totally modern tale, mixing real-life and fantasy, in which a latter-day Daphne seeks her own freedom. This a heart-stoppingly imaginative story told in poems, at times bleak and even tragic, which is layered, rich and ultimately a tour de force of poetic skill and energy.

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