BECAUSE I AM FURNITURE - a novel in poems
Anke's father is abusive. But not to her. He attacks her brother and sister, but she is ignored, forced to be an invisible witness in a house of horrors. Believing she isn't worthy of even the worst kind of attention, Anke feels about as significant as the living room sofa. Until she makes the volleyball team at school. In a sport where you have to yell "Mine!" to play the ball, Anke learns for the first time how to make herself heard. As her confidence on the court builds, she finds a voice she didn't know existed. And it's not long before she realizes that if she can make people hear her while she's playing volleyball, then maybe she can be heard at home, too. 

Author Thalia Chaltas leads you straight to the heart of Anke's darkly complicated world in this devastatingly powerful novel in poems.

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ISBN 978-0-670-06298-0
       Because I Am Furniture, Thalia Chaltas. (Viking)

"Chaltas's novel...marks an intensely powerful debut...  Incendiary, devastating, yet—in total—offering empowerment and hope, Chaltas's poems leave an indelible mark." 
Awards and Nominations for 

  • Top 10 Summer 2009 Kid's Indie Next List selection
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • IRA Young Adult's Book Award Notable
  • 2010 Texas Tayshas High School Reading List selection
  • 2010 ALA Amelia BLoomer Project selection
  • 2010 Kansas State Reading Circle Catalog selection
  • 2010 Penn. School Library Association's Young Adult Top 40 selection
  • 2010-2011 Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee
  • 2011 Nevada Young Readers' Award nominee

   DISPLACEMENT - a novel in poems

I told Carole I was out of there,
taking back what was left of me,
going to find a place
to be who I am. 

Vera was losing herself in a life she didn't want to be in anymore.  Selfish friends, oblivious family, tragedy - it was all too much. So she made an executive decision to displace herself for awhile.

DISPLACEMENT is now an ebook!  click here


Thalia Chaltas. Viking
ISBN 978-0-670-01199-5

An exploration of grief, guilt, and redemption, Chaltas's second novel in verse covers rocky terrain both physical and mental.... Chaltas (Because I Am Furniture) doesn't let [Vera's pain] overwhelm her story, giving Vera a voice that flits between acerbic and self-deprecating, a passion for geology, and a lust interest in gorgeous, half-Hopi Lon, who provides Vera with part-time employment. As pared down as the desert landscape into which Vera immerses herself, Chaltas's verse regularly surprises with economically graceful descriptions that make her settings and characters come alive . A delicate suggestion of ghostly horror gives the novel further dimension, without distracting from the insights and truths Vera slowly unearths. 

Ages 12–up. (June)