Poetry

Undercover

By Beth Kephart

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High school sophomore Elisa is used to observing while going unnoticed except when classmates ask her to write love notes for them, but a teacher's recognition of her talent, a "client's" desire for her friendship, a love of ice skating, and her parent's marital problems draw her out of herself.
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Sherman Alexie Interview

Check out this recent PBS NewsHour interview with Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and War Dances.

Visit the PBS NewsHour web site to watch more videos of Sherman and to listen to him read several of his poems.

Sharp Teeth

By Toby Barlow

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It's a dog's life-and death-in the canine underworld of Los Angeles. Barlow unfolds a tale of romance and rival gangs using the form of epic poetry, the beat of rock 'n' roll lyrics, and the pace of a poetry slam. (BookList)
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Birmingham, 1963

By Carole Boston Weatherford

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Describes the feelings of a fictional character who witnessed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.

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Magic Words: Poems

By Edward Field (editor)

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A collection of poems based on songs and stories gathered by Knud Rasmussen on the Fifth Thule Expedition, which recorded Inuit legends about the universe and its creation.

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The Stone Lamp: A Hanukkah Collection: Eight Days of Dark, Eight Nights of Light

By Karen Hesse, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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A collection of eight poems, each taking place on a different night of Hanukkah and following the history of Jews from twelfth-century England to twentieth-century Israel.

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Poems for Jewish Holidays

By Myra Cohn Livingston

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These sixteen poems, twelve by modern authors, run the course from playful to traditional to moving as the Jewish year of celebrations unfolds.

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Grandparents Song

By Sheila Hamanaka

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All the many cultures of grandparents in America are celebrated in this lovely, rhyming book.
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Locomotion

By Jacqueline Woodson

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In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.

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The Childtimes of Eloise Greenfield

When she was a very young woman, Eloise asked her grandma to tell her stories about growing up in the countryside of North Carolina. Eloise was born there, too—in a little place called Parmele. In her grandparents' day, the Parmele lumber mill provided lots of work for people. But with the trees gone and the mill just a memory, the mostly black families who lived there got by as best they could.