Pearl Verses the World by Sally MurphyPearl Verses the World by Sally Murphy

Pearl Verses the World

bySally MurphyIllustratorHeather Potter

Hardcover | August 23, 2011

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At school, Pearl is a group of one, and at home her beloved granny is fading. A poignant gem of a tale about independence, grief, and finding your place.

Pearl likes to write poems, but despite the insistence of her teacher, Ms. Bruff, Pearl’s poems don’t rhyme, and neither does she. She wishes she could grow gills so she could stay underwater in swim class without drowning. And she hasn’t a clue why perfect Prudence bumps her desk and sends her pencils flying. Pearl thinks there’s no nicer sound than the bell at the end of the day, even though back at home, Granny, always a crucial part of their family of three, sometimes doesn’t recognize Pearl, and Mom is tired from providing constant care. In a lyrical novel told with clear-eyed sympathy, humor, and heart, Sally Murphy follows a girl who holds fast to her individuality even as she learns to let go— and in daring to share her voice, discovers that maybe she’s not a group of one after all.
Sally Murphy writes reviews for READNG TIME, the magazine of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and runs a website that reviews Australian books. PEARL VERSES THE WORLD won the 2010 Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature as well as the 2010 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for Best Book f...
Title:Pearl Verses the WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:80 pages, 8.15 × 6.12 × 0.45 inPublished:August 23, 2011Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763648213

ISBN - 13:9780763648213

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book! The title of this book grabbed my attention immediately. I think all of us at times feel like we are living "versus the world". The book was a wonderful surprise. The story is wonderfully written and charmingly illustrated. This book would make a great text for a children's lit course at university, or to help prepare children for a loss or after a loss. Pearl is part of a family of 3 - she, her mom and her grandmom. But her Grandma is forgetting who she is, and it is getting harder for her mom to look after her gram. At school Pearl feels like she is in a group of 1; she is not in the sporty boys' group, the ballet girls' group, the library kids' group, the bus kids' group or even the rough kids' group. But as the story progresses she realized things are not always as we perceive them. The story written and told from Pearl's perspective in a mix of rhyming and non-rhyming verse is very moving and touching. It is an amazing little book and I plan to recommend it often.
Date published: 2011-09-29

Editorial Reviews

Potter’s evocative pencil-and-wash drawings, with their excellent renderings of facial expressions and mood, wonderfully complement Murphy’s thoughtful narrative in depicting the emotions of a scene. Altogether, the tale has much to offer in terms of grappling with personal identity as well as the death of a beloved. A tender, therapeutic treatment of loss, perfect for children dealing with the baffling complexities of adult dementia.—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)