This latest mystery in free verse poetry by Glenn provides an honest glimpse into the feelings, frustrations, and fears of adults and teens as they attempt to deal with their lives. Alcoholism, teenage sexuality, and pregnancy are ever-present issues affecting both adults and teens in Hudson Landing. The town doctor secretly arranges adoptions as a solution. Numerous prejudices are also revealed and demonstrate the ridiculousness of stereotyping. City kids think country kids marry their sisters, chase pigs, and wear no shoes. Country kids think city kids beat up their sisters, run from the �pigs,� and wear combat boots. Glenn's subtlety shows that color has no barrier when one feels disappointment or abandonment or watches dreams drift away. As with other books by Glenn, this one will appeal to readers interested in this particular format, especially our reluctant young adult audience.
Foreign Exchange: A Mystery in Poemsby Mel Glenn
In the latest book by award winning poet Mel Glenn, a riveting mystery unfolds through a series of poems. When students from big-city Tower High School spend a weekend in rural Hudson Landing with the students of the local high school, an African-American boy from the city is accused of murdering a local white girl. Young adults will eagerly read the poems to try to piece together clues and discover the killer's identity.
The author weaves a compelling story as he explores racial prejudice and city/country stereotypes while creating insightful portraits of teenagers.
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- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.64(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 Years
Read an Excerpt
I chase the horizon once more,
Looking for what lies over the next hill.
I seem to be driving much too fast these days,
Not slowing down for school, friends, or family.
I am in such a rush to leave this town
That I skip the landmarks of my own life,
Preferring my own company to that of people
I have known for the past six months,
Ever since my father made us move here
After he and my mom got divorced.
Oh, I know the names they call meSnob, Ice Princess, Tease, and worse-
But I can't hear them above the whine of the tires.
I am thirty miles out of town in a second.
I am flying with the wind, trying to catch up.
One day I'll really leave this town for good
And not limp back, ashamed, to Hudson Landing,
Meet the Author
Mel Glenn is the author of eleven books for young adults, including Foreign Exchange (Morrow), Jump Ball (Dutton), and Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? (Dutton), which was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He has received the Christopher Award and the American Library Association has recognized many of his titles as Best Books for Young Adults. In addition, the American Library Association named Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? one of the Top Ten Books of the Year.
Mr. Glenn teaches English at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he and his wife, Elyse, live. They have two sons, Jonathan and Andrew.
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