You Hear Me?: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys

You Hear Me?: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys

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by Betsy Franco, Nina Nickles
     
 
Teenage boys speak out—without the filter of adult sensibility—in a compelling collection of poetry and prose.

In a powerful collection of more than seventy uncensored poems and essays, more than fifty teenage boys from across the country explore their many-layered concerns: identity, love, envy, gratitude, sex, anger, competition, fear, hope.

Overview

Teenage boys speak out—without the filter of adult sensibility—in a compelling collection of poetry and prose.

In a powerful collection of more than seventy uncensored poems and essays, more than fifty teenage boys from across the country explore their many-layered concerns: identity, love, envy, gratitude, sex, anger, competition, fear, hope. Here, unadorned and without the filter of adult sensibility, is the raw stuff of their lives, in their own words. Isn’t it time to listen?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this fascinating collection, Franco brings together original pieces from adolescent boys who are writing about issues that concern them. Spurred by the needs of her own three sons, Franco gathered submissions from around the country. She leaves all adult sentiment aside to present these original works, the topics of which range from seXual awakenings to identity development to dreams and wishes. The pieces are fresh and stimulating. Boys and girls in classrooms around the country will recognize their own voices in these pieces. An amazing collection of authentic writings. 2000, Candlewick Press, $14.99 and $6.99. Ages 8 up. Reviewer: Rebecca Joseph <%ISBN%> 0763611581
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Through these mostly free-verse lines, the hopes, dreams, fears, and desires of young men from different cultures and backgrounds shine through. They pull no punches with their words in these openly honest, raw, and sometimes tender selections. They talk about what you'd expect-drugs, girls, AIDS, sex, parents-sometimes in unexpected ways. For example, 12-year-old Quantedius Hall's first stanza-"Time Somebody Told Me/That I am lovely, good and real/That I am beautiful inside/If they only knew/How that would make me feel." What do these boys want? "I want to live my life/through peace and knowledge./-I want to wake up/to clean, fresh air/blowing in my face," says 14-year-old John Merrell. Others speak of the fear of alternately being abandoned and loved, of being shunned or ridiculed. Obviously, there's some harsh language and tough situations but they add to the believability and timeliness of the words. You Hear Me? is a fresh approach to hearing what today's youths have to say, and it's refreshing that the words came straight from them.-Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763611590
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Betsy Franco Young Adult Series
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
387,940
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

TIME SOMEBODY TOLD ME

Time Somebody Told Me
That I am lovely, good and real
That I am beautiful inside
If they only knew
How that would make me feel.

Time Somebody Told Me
That my mind is quick, sharp and full of wit
That I should keep on trying and never quit.

Time Somebody Told Me
How they loved and needed me
How my smile is filled with hope and my spirit sets them free
How my eyes shine, full of light
How good they feel when they hug me tight.

Time Somebody Told Me

So, I had a talk with myself
Just me, nobody else
'cause it was time
Somebody Told Me.
Quantedius Hall, "Son of Reality," age 12

BUMMING THROUGH PITTSBURGH? MAYBE NOT.
Hey, where are you going?
Where will you be in five to ten years?
Is it college, career, or do you really care with your dark baggy clothing and whacked out hair,
your face, an unfinished puzzle.
The moon only shines for those who request it.

Because the moon only shines for those who request it,
your face is an unfinished puzzle with your whacked out hair and dark baggy clothing.
Do you really care? Is it college, career-
where will you be in five to ten years?
Hey, where are you going?
Antony E. W. Kirkland, age 18

I need to do something,
Write a letter,
Let it go somehow.
My heart attaches
To things, people.
When there is collision,
I lose myself in it,
In confusion.
Why not have two hearts?
I don't understand love,
But I know it exists.
Thomas Andrade, age 17

The elements are at their peak.
Clouds raging, rain falling.
It's the kind of day that makes you think . . .

What does age bring, wisdom or confidence?
Will I ever know what I need to know?
Is there such a thing as an adult?
When I get there, if I get there . . . I won't forget.
Kyle Blanchard, age 16

A feeling,
not necessarily of "I can."
not even that "things will change."
but undeniable courage to see the future through.
dr, age 18

You Hear Me? Copyright (c) 2000 Betsy Franco. Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA

Meet the Author

Betsy Franco has published more than forty books, including poetry and nonfiction titles for children. She inspires trust in the many different people she meets in the course of her work as a writer. As she explains, "My philosophy when researching and writing books has always been to let adults, young adults, and children spread for themselves as much as possible." With YOU HEAR ME, her purpose is to let teenage boys do so. And, as she says, "It's about time."

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You Hear Me : Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MammaDuck More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for young men in jail. They related to it with many of the same feelings and appreciated reading about young men their age sharing their story. It had impact and that's what stories strive for - making an impact.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives a wonderful perspective from the male voice. I love it. I can't wait until they compose and publish another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I havent even read this book yet but someday I will, I came up searching for things that I want to learn more about Boy's, and I came up to this interesting title that I saw and I figured that this mayb the book that I, have been searching for, I can not get this book and read it because I dont have a credit card number, but I will ask my Mother if she could help me.The reason for me to have the heart to look for this book is beacuse I want to read a part in that book that tells me that not all boys are the same and there is this one boy that is different from all the others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book for young boys and even girls. They should use it for educational perpuses because the students will hear the words somewhere else if not from there and if the child who wrote it was using those words too that must mean he heard them around. So it should be used and the teachers should probably explain not to use those words other wise. But the book will relate more to them because they are of the same age group. I have used this book for all of my classes because it helps with the poems we write.