Behind the Wheel: Poems about Driving

Behind the Wheel: Poems about Driving

by Janet Wong
     
 

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In this collection of 36 poems (plus a new author's note at the end of the book), award-winning poet Janet Wong covers familiar territory: everything from parents as air bags ("in your face") to car shows to cop stops, hitchhiking to unlucky license plates, parking manners, crashing, insurance, and learning to drive.

This book will remind drivers of all ages

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Overview

In this collection of 36 poems (plus a new author's note at the end of the book), award-winning poet Janet Wong covers familiar territory: everything from parents as air bags ("in your face") to car shows to cop stops, hitchhiking to unlucky license plates, parking manners, crashing, insurance, and learning to drive.

This book will remind drivers of all ages of their own funny and poignant driving stories and inspire you to write some of your own; a great gift for new drivers.

Award notes: Behind the Wheel was an ABA "Pick of the Lists" and an ALA/YALSA "Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers."

Editorial Reviews

VOYA (VOYA.com)
With keen intensity, Wong tackles every imaginable topic related to driving--backseat romances, white-knuckled grandmothers, dead batteries, car seats, speeding tickets, and even antilock brakes and how to use them. At the heart of these poems are the heartbreaks, hopes, and dreams of the adolescent.
Booklist (starred review)
Wong uses simple, personal free verse to explore the spaces between family and self . . . there are some narrated vignettes and very funny radical suggestions for reshaping the rules of the road. Readers of all ages will be moved by the intersection of poignancy and humor as [Wong] describes the thrilling freedom of the car and an emerging adult's awareness that, although she's traveled, her road still leads to home. (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469909356
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/15/2012
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.13(d)

Meet the Author

Janet S. Wong (www.janetwong.com) is the author of more than two dozen books for children and teens. She has been honored with the Claremont Stone Center Recognition of Merit, the IRA Celebrate Literacy Award, and her appointment to the NCTE Commission on Literature.

A frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, Wong has performed at the White House and has been featured on CNN, Fine Living's Radical Sabbatical, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her poems have been showcased in some unusual venues, such as 5,000 subway and bus posters in NYC (as part of the "Poetry in Motion" program) and on a car-talk radio show.

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