Keisha's House Author Visits New Haven High Ninth Graders

Keisha's House Author Visits New Haven High Ninth Graders
Posted on 05/10/2017
Keishas House at NHHRecently, Helen Frost, author of Keisha's House spoke to the 9th grade class at New Haven High.  The 9th graders read her book as a part of the school curriculum.

Keesha's House is a 2003 award winning debut young adult verse novel. The book's story is told through multiple poems and concerns a group of teenagers that are all drawn to the house of the title character Keesha due to serious issues in their personal lives.

The book follows several teenagers that have come to Keisha’s House in search of a safe haven. Each teen has something that is going wrong in their life. Young couple Stephie and Jason are having troubles due to her teen pregnancy, with Jason feeling pressure due to him feeling like he has to choose between a potential sports career and his responsibilities. Dontay and Carmen both have had interactions with the legal system. Carmen must deal with a DUI charge while Dontay is shuffled through the foster care system due to his parents being in prison. Meanwhile, Harris and Katie are both experiencing trouble with their family members. Harris has come out to his father, only to be disowned. Katie can’t understand why her mother remains with her abusive stepfather and tries to escape her situation by becoming a workaholic in every aspect of her life.

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