Rubber Houses
Rubber Houses
Rubber Houses
Ellen Yeomans
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In spare, lyrical verse, this powerful novel tells a beautiful and heartbreaking story of love and loss. It perfectly captures the intense and excruciating pain of the loss of a loved one, and the slow but gradual hope of living again and finding one's way back home.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Written in a series of poems, Rubber Houses by Ellen Yeomans is the story of Kit. Kit is a high school student whose world turns upside down when her little brother, Buddy, dies of cancer. She reads about the stages of loss and relates each one to a part of baseball, a game she shared with Buddy. Kit tries to deny his death and starts rejecting her friends. She, also, watches her parents become despondent, consumed by their grief. Only after she gets a job at a hardware store, does Kit start to live and accept a normal life again.

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Father, mother, sister, brother. A happy family - until the youngest, the boy, is diagnosed with cancer. Told in verse from the teenage daughter's point of view, Rubber Houses is a tearjerker of a story, written simply and shared gently.

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