Metamorphosis: Notebook, Junior Year

Metamorphosis: Notebook, Junior Year

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763637651
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.61(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile: HL740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Betsy Franco has written more than thirty books and anthologies for children. She originally wrote METAMORPHOSIS as a collection of poems, which called to mind her son Tom’s notebook and journal drawings. She lives in California.

Tom Franco has been a creative artist since the age of thirteen. The drawings in METAMORPHOSIS were created during his high-school years and reworked as a series for this book. He lives in California.

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Metamorphosis: Notebook, Junior Year 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
IlonaJones on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Metamorphosis: Junior Year by Betsy Franco is a combination of drawings, poems, journal entries, and narration. Ovid relates his high school experiences to Roman mythology. Each person in his life becomes a mythological character. Through his poems we learn people's deepest secrets, ones that no one else knows. But Ovid's got a dark secret of his own.I could not put Metamorphosis down. Although it was a short book I was completely taken aback. It was comprised of short journal entries and poems, making it an easy read for middle school students that really do not like to read. Ovid's journal tells of his high school experience, as well as his family life, from an interesting perspective. Ovid is portrayed as a kid with a strong voice, and the writings in his journal writing are undeniable refreshing. Through the very pages of the journal Ovid becomes a real person the students can relate to. His words make you feel as though someone published their high school journey. He's easy to connect with, emotional, raw, honest, and edgy. Ovid's journal tells of his high school experience, he gives the reader a snapshot of his life, as well as the lives of other high school students in a unique way. Ovid also gives each student a separate identity. Other juniors wrestling with their demons include musician Orpheus, obsessed with his girlfriend; incest victim Myrra, trying to find what's left of the girl in her; Alexis, a female Icarus flying too high on weed; and Sophie and Caleb, an internet Psyche and CupidOvid reveals one of his friend's secret with each new poem. Each new poem reveals a different student's background and current going-ons in their life. They have such insight and meaning to them. The pictures were definitely odd, and I had a hard time understanding them, but they add expression throughout the book. With some help from Ovid and his expressiveness, I gained some perspective about the drawings. I can't say that the students will completely understand them, but they will grasp the general idea and I think that's the whole point as a whole. This book is what you make it and that is good for students. Perception plays a large role in reading this book. ¿I would use this book as a free verse poetry exercise, having my student use their own journal entries as poems.¿I would use it to talk about Greek mythology and my love for it and give the students the opportunity to learn a little history.I really liked this book; I found that it is full of honesty that will probably relate to most kids. I think it is a book that will stay with the students for a long time. METAMORPHOSIS: JUNIOR YEAR by author Betsy Franco is a true masterpiece. I could find absolutely nothing wrong with this book. I recommend it to all readers. This one is a must-read.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book told with prose, poetry, and illustrations is the story of high school student Ovid as he breaks away from the mold his family has created for him. He¿s still reeling from the disappearance of his sister, who can¿t break from her meth addiction long enough to come home. He has a sketch book where he draws strange things that he doesn¿t dare put on his bedroom walls, for fear his parents will ask too many questions. In the sanctity of his art class, though, he is encouraged to explore these ideas, and it is through his art and poetry, that Ovid begins to understand his relationships with the people around him, and that he begins to find himself despite the expectations of his strict mother and father. With a beautiful narrative and complimentary art, METAMORPHOSIS: JUNIOR YEAR is both a lovely study in Roman poet Ovid¿s original METAMORPHOSES, but also a captivating story all its own.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ovid, named after and inspired by the Roman poet, journals all of his thoughts into a notebook, adding his expressive drawings throughout. Ovid's journal tells of his high school experience, as well as his family life, from an interesting perspective. Through narrative, drawings, and emotional poetry, Ovid gives the reader a snapshot of his life, as well as the lives of other high school students. Each new poem reveals a different student's background and current going-ons in their life. Ovid's writing is snarky, raw, and honest. METAMORPHOSIS: JUNIOR YEAR was incredible. There was such honest emotion in Ovid's writing. He held nothing back, putting all of his feelings on the line. I was incredibly drawn to his poetry, each about a different high school student. These poems dug deep into the person's life and showed their secrets, unknown to others. They were truly wonderful. The drawings, often abstract, were difficult to understand at times. Ovid, however, does describe many along with their meanings, creating a clearer image of what he is expressing through them. Ovid also gives each student a separate identity, connecting each one to a Roman mythological character based on their personalities and struggles. Fans of mythology will love this concept. The book has a strong theme of, you guessed it, transformation. In such a short book, it's amazing how each character, including Ovid, grows and changes to become something better. METAMORPHOSIS: JUNIOR YEAR by author Betsy Franco is a true masterpiece. I could find absolutely nothing wrong with this book. I recommend it to all readers. This one is a must-read.