Walking on the Boundaries of Change: Poems of Transition

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Between youth and adulthood, kids are faced with complex questions and equally difficult answers. Transition is a daily theme. This honest and insightful book includes poems for young adults that confront and question issues of transition, new experiences, difficult choices, and a search for truth.

Sara Holbrook is the author of The Dog Ate My Homework, I Never Said I Wasn't Difficult, Am I Naturally This Crazy?, Which Way to the Dragon!, and Nothing's the End of the ...

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Overview

Between youth and adulthood, kids are faced with complex questions and equally difficult answers. Transition is a daily theme. This honest and insightful book includes poems for young adults that confront and question issues of transition, new experiences, difficult choices, and a search for truth.

Sara Holbrook is the author of The Dog Ate My Homework, I Never Said I Wasn't Difficult, Am I Naturally This Crazy?, Which Way to the Dragon!, and Nothing's the End of the World. She lives in Bay Village, Ohio.

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VOYA - Debra Lynn Adams
Holbrook's energetic collection of fifty-three poems highlights the inherent contradictions of being a teen. The title poem describes a typical teen's friendships: "Some friends knock your confidence/Real friends form a net." Other poems describing the push-pull of adolescence include such topics as the transition to adulthood: On the Verge, Evolution; dangerous fun: Meant for Fun; and mood swings: A Real Case. Holbrook also addresses the tough issues: car accidents: Finals, The Gun, The Runaway, and gangs: Blown Away. One of the most thoughtful poems, My Plan, relates a teen's intense pressure to have perfect looks, and the extremes teens will consider reasonable in their quest for acceptance. "As soon as I can/I'm going to buy a new nose...Send my skin out for repair/tune up this Minnie Mouse voice/and then I may/have a couple inches added here...I want a body by design." While there are no new insights here, Holbrook's poems have universal appeal and readers who discover her book will find themselves within its pages. This slim volume with its bright purple border and center photo of someone's sneakers walking a tightrope makes an attractive pleasure read, as well as a source for students looking for an accessible poem for assignments. The poems would also serve well as discussion-starters for healthy living classes. Recommended for junior high, high school, and public libraries serving teens. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
This collection of 54 brief, mostly free verse poems deal with a variety of social issues relevant to today's adolescents; such as: falling in love, friendship, peer pressure, gangs, violence, family relationships etc. Inspired by the problems and interests of her own daughters, the poems seem to speak from the perspective of young people in transition, as they face coming of age situations and emotions. These poems might inspire kids to write their own poems about the journey to adulthood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563977374
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,418,045
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Holbrook puts words into action, writing and performing poetry for kids of all ages. The author of poetry books for children and adults, she delights in sharing her love of words in classrooms worldwide. She lives in northern Ohio.

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