After the Death of Anna Gonzales by Terri Fields

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A powerful look at the effects of one girl’s suicide on her high school

"I can feel
The whispering of the hallway walls
Growing louder as the groups gather.
Each clique adding to its morning input.

“Did you hear?”
“Who told you?”
“Do you think it’s really true?”

New at this school,
I stand alone.
Watching . . ."

Brutally honest and authentic in tone, this collection of voices centers on the suicide of high school freshman Anna Gonzales. Each piece, read alone, portrays a classmate’s or teacher’s personal reaction to the loss, taken hard by some, by others barely noticed. Read together, the poems create a richly textured and moving testimony to the rippling effects of one girl’s devastating choice. Terri Fields has written a thought-provoking, important work that resonates with both pain and hope. This is a book that will stay with readers long after they put it down.

 

About Terri Fields

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Terri Fields is the author of fifteen books, including several middle-grade novels. She is also an educator, and was named—among other honors—Arizona’s Teacher of the Year and selected to the All-USA Teacher Team. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Published December 10, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 111 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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/ Y you didn’t want to live— / And Y I never noticed.” Shannon, a classmate who’s always known Anna, though never well, recalls all the classes they’ve been in together and thinks, “But I guess lost in all that information, / No one ever taught Anna how to live, / And for sure, / No one taught me...

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In Fields's (Danger in the Desert) 47 poems, five adults and 42 fellow high school students respond to the death of freshman Anna Gonzales, whose suicide note closes this disappointing volume.

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In a poetry book collection authored by Terri Fields titled After the Death of Anna Gonzales, high school students come together to remember Anna Gonzales, a teenager who took her own life.

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