Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems

by Kristine George, Debbie Tilley

Award-winning poet Kristine O’Connell George, author of several successful picture books, now turns her attention to the middle school experience. The first year brings an array of challenges: making new friends, moving from class to class, tests and homework, changing for PE, gossip, school dances, and, of course, budding romance. Short, accessible poems in a variety of forms, but all in a single voice—that of a new middle schooler—evoke the memorable moments of the school year, exploring situations and emotions that will resonate with preteens. Lively illustrations complement this perceptive, humorous, poignant record of an important transitional year.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780618152506
  • ISBN-10: 0618152504
  • Pages: 80
  • Publication Date: 09/24/2002
  • Carton Quantity: 48

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  • About the Book
    Award-winning poet Kristine O’Connell George, author of several successful picture books, now turns her attention to the middle school experience. The first year brings an array of challenges: making new friends, moving from class to class, tests and homework, changing for PE, gossip, school dances, and, of course, budding romance. Short, accessible poems in a variety of forms, but all in a single voice—that of a new middle schooler—evoke the memorable moments of the school year, exploring situations and emotions that will resonate with preteens. Lively illustrations complement this perceptive, humorous, poignant record of an important transitional year.

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    * “Readers facing this upstream swim [or] toweling themselves off afterwards will find much they relate to in this engaging volume." 

    —The Bulletin, starred review 

     

    “Kristine O'Connell George can do more with a small handful of words than most any poet around.” 

    —Riverbank Review 

     

    “The mysteries of lockers and uncontrolled giggling are plumbed; as is the rapture of the boy you like liking you back. . . . Sweet and on key." 

    —Booklist 

      

    “Middle school, with all its trials, tribulations, and triumphs, is portrayed humorously and poignantly. . . . Students will relate to this voice navigating ‘upstream,’ while they try to find their own place in the middle-school wilderness.” 

    —SLJ

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