Annotations for Crossing Stones


Baker & Taylor
In their own voices, Muriel, Frank, Emma, and Ollie tell of their experiences during the first World War, as the boys enlist and are sent overseas, Emma finishes school, and Muriel fights for peace and women's suffrage.

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Baker & Taylor
When the boy she grew up with enlists to fight in World War I and her brother soon follows, 18-year-old Muriel's life is thrown into turmoil as she struggles to support those she loves and do what is expected of her while finding her own path in the world as an activist for women's suffrage.

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McMillan Palgrave
Maybe you won't rock a cradle, Muriel.
Some women seem to prefer to rock the boat.

Eighteen-year-old Muriel Jorgensen lives on one side of Crabapple Creek. Her family's closest friends, the Normans, live on the other. For as long as Muriel can remember, the families' lives have been intertwined, connected by the crossing stones that span the water. But now that Frank Norman--who Muriel is just beginning to think might be more than a friend--has enlisted to fight in World War I and her brother, Ollie, has lied about his age to join him, the future is uncertain. As Muriel tends to things at home with the help of Frank's sister, Emma, she becomes more and more fascinated by the women's suffrage movement, but she is surrounded by people who advise her to keep her opinions to herself. How can she find a way to care for those she loves while still remaining true to who she is?

Written in beautifully structured verse, Crossing Stones captures nine months in the lives of two resilient families struggling to stay together and cross carefully, stone by stone, into a changing world.


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