by Linda Sue Park
illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng
Clarion Books, 2021
72 pages, ages 8 and up
The One Thing You'd Save
If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class.
When a teacher asks her class what one thing they would save in an emergency, some students know the answer right away. Others come to their decisions more slowly. And some change their minds when they hear their classmates’ responses. A lively dialogue ignites as the students discover unexpected facets of one another—and themselves. With an ear for authentic dialogue and knowledge of tweens’ priorities and emotions, Linda Sue brings the varied voices of an inclusive classroom to life through carefully honed, engaging, and instantly accessible verse.
Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year 2022
Kirkus Best Books
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Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee 2022-2023
Nerdy Award for Poetry & Verse
Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2022
Illustrations by Robert Sae-Heng chosen for Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Exhibit