Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart

This is a beautifully written book, told in the voices of two young sisters, about what it is like for a family when the father has been sent to jail, mother is working long hours to keep the family together, and the children are trying to make sense of their lives. Poetic, powerful, and tender Amber and Essie are portrayed with deep understanding of children's perspectives and of the cost to families of incarceration. Honor Book for Older Children, 2002.