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Kiss of Broken Glass

By Madeleine Kuderick

In the next 72 hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for 72 hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.

When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for a mandatory psychiatric watch. There Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who's there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems . . . for a moment.

Madeleine Kuderick's gripping debut is a darkly beautiful and lyrical novel in verse, perfect for fans of Sonya Sones and Laurie Halse Anderson. Kiss of Broken Glass pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

  • Grade level: 9
  • Interest Level: 9-12
  • Guided Reading Level: Z+

COMMON CORE OBJECTIVES AND QUESTIONS

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama. Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

How does Madeleine Kuderick build characterization in Kiss of Broken Glass to enhance your understanding of Kenna's personality? RL.11-12.1,3

How is the theme reflected through Kenna's behavior and elements of the plot? Include where the story is set, how the action is ordered, and how the characters are introduced and developed. RL.11-12.1,2; SL.11-12.1,1a,1b,1c,1d,3,4,6

Why do you think this story was written in verse? Choose a verse from the book and describe how the words and phrases impact the meaning and tone. Paraphrase the verse to tell what the character meant by her words. RL.11-12.5,6; W.11-12.4,9
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062306562
  • ISBN 10: 0062306561
  • ISBN 13: 9780062306562
  • Pages: 224
  • Trim Size: 5.50 x 8.25 in
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COMMON CORE STRANDS

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1,2,3,4,5,6,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2,2a,2b,2d,3,3a,3b,4,9,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1,1a,1b,1b,1d,3,4,5,6
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.3,3a,4,4a,5,5a,5b,6
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