Parents' Guide to

The Canyon's Edge

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Poetry lends shape to dramatic, gripping desert adventure.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Solid read!

This book works through some intense ideas—death, a gun violence, loss—but it’s very well done, has a solid worldview (as many of Dusti Bowling’s books seem to have) and is appropriate in nature for older middle school-age kids.

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Intense and gratifying, this adventure story explores the battle to overcome loss, using verse to its advantage. In The Canyon's Edge, author Dusti Bowling uses poetry as her main character's means of coping with emotional and physical tragedy. The line breaks and the movement of the words across the field of text make the action-packed narrative jump off the page. Imagery, personification, and other poetic devices deliver powerful emotional moments.

Kids will appreciate that Nora totally owns this art form. She's not just a character who enjoys painting or dancing or some form of expression that is described by an author. Her art form is the story, and it's graphic, moving, and gritty. Nora's emotional arc drifts dangerously close to being self-destructive, but with the help of her therapist, Mary, whose voice echoes throughout the poems like a guardian angel, Nora overcomes her greatest obstacles and finds a will to survive that she didn't know she had.

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