KLIATTThis volume is a book of poetry I think secondary school students would like. The words aren't too dense on the page, the language and style are smart but accessible, and the wry sense of humor is always inviting. Edwards uses the reassuring, beguiling tone of everyday speech to lure readers in. She writes in the style many students do, but better. Take the opening stanza of the longish poem that starts Part IV, titled simply: "Laura, Fifth Grade": "Maybe it was her willingness / to let the boys pencil-poke her arms / or her calm compliance / as they twisted half-licked suckers / in her pale hair, that made us ostracize her." Or, this from the beginning of "The Name of the Game": "This is about doing ninety on the Pennsylvania turnpike / the whole way home and no ticket." There's a blurb from writer Sherman Alexie on the back that sums up the book's appeal nicely. He says the poems "elevate and irritate, they inspire and depress, they mythologize and demonize. It's a powerful first book. Read it." KLIATT Codes: SARecommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Press, dist. by Cornell Univ. Press, 92p., Ages 15 to adult.