Line Leads the Way
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Line Leads the Way

Written by Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrated by Alice Caldarella
Capstone Editions, 2024
ISBN: 978-1684469284 36 pages


Square, Triangle, and all the other shapes each think they’re perfectly perfect for a special job at the library. Line is literally imperfect—broken and chipped by his long journey. Can he be the Treasure Keeper the library needs?
Triangle stomped, parting crowds with her pointy elbows.
Circle merrily rolled over mountains and marigolds.
Square strutted in equally spaced steps.

And then there was Line. He hugged his family for a lonnnnnnnng time. When he left, a bit of himself stayed behind.

How this Book Got Started

Many years ago at the gym, I watched an elderly couple shuffle around the track. The woman was so hunched over she was looking at the floor. I was thinking about disabilities--visible and non-. The lines "We're all a little broken. We're all a little bent" formed in my head. But they didn't go anywhere for a while. In 2017, a Louise Penny novel brought me to Leonard Cohen's "Anthem." "Forget your perfect offering/ There is a crack, a crack in everything. / That's how the light gets in." How I love that. Various other thoughts swirled. The ways we feel inside and outside. Out in the cold. The in crowd. I wanted to write a book that said to kids, "You are inside. Inside the human race. Inside our world. We are all inside." Rush's song “The Larger Bowl” also mixed in. "Why such different fortunes and fates?" So did Melanie Heuiser Hill's Giant Pumpkin Suite, which is where I first heard about kintsugi, the repair of broken pottery using a seam of gold. All these ideas eventually came to life in a story I called Perfectly Broken. Which eventually became Line Leads the Way. I hope you like it!

Poems I've Written

These poems connect to this book in topic, theme, or form—great for text-to-text connections!

Line Leads the Way
My Face Space and Picture Day Imperfect
Windowsill Magnipoem

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