I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Blue Birds. I must admit that even as a lover of poetry, it usually takes me a minute to sink into a novel in verse. Maybe it has something to do with the visual element, the words on the page being so spare, or the condensed nature of verse that takes an adjustment. BUT, I had no such trouble with Blue Birds (or May B for that matter). The writing is so visual, the characters and situation so compelling from the very first page that everything goes away except for the story.
“Composed in varying formats, the descriptive and finely crafted poems reveal the similarities the two girls share, from loved ones lost to hatred between the English and the Roanoke to a desire for peace… Fans of Karen Hesse and the author's May B. (2012) will delight in this offering.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A memorable account of a friendship that transcends culture and prejudice.”—Publishers Weekly
“An excellent historical offering and belongs on public and school library shelves.”—VOYA
“With two compelling main characters and an abundance of rich historical detail, Rose’s latest novel offers much to discuss and much to appreciate.”—School Library Journal
“An imaginative historical novel with two sympathetic protagonists.”—Booklist
|Scenery from Fort Raleigh, courtesy of the |
National Park Service
Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. As a girl she danced ballet, raced through books, composed poetry on an ancient typewriter, and put on magic shows in a homemade cape. She's taught both social studies and English in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. In her classroom she worked to instill in her students a passion for books, an enthusiasm to experiment with words, and a curiosity about the past.
Caroline lives in New Mexico with her husband and two sons.