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Swimming Upstream
ISBN: 9781328900180
Author: George, Kristine O'Connell/ Tilley, Debbie (ILT)
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: March 2018
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
The ups and downs of the middle school experience are explored in these poems by award-winning poet Kristine O'Connell George.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry
- Juvenile Nonfiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Issues | New Experience
Library of Congress Subjects:
Middle school students; Juvenile poetry.
Middle schools; Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
Dewey: 811/.54
LCCN: 2018297009
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 5.00" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Social Issues, Poetry, Middle School, Growing Up
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring)
This accessible collection traces a girl's journey through the first year of middle school. In short poems in a variety of forms, the girl faces the challenges of making friends, figuring out the mysteries of her locker and the ""endless corridor[s],"" getting dressed in the un-privacy of the locker room. Though the too-young illustrations don't help, the poems are unpretentious and down-to-earth; the voice is believably that of a twelve-year-old. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2003 #1)
An accessible collection traces an ordinary girlÆs journey through the pivotal first year of middle school, from its overwhelming, confusing start (ôThe morning nightmare. / Lost and too afraid to ask, / Where do I belong?ö) to the successful, triumphant last day (ôI canÆt believe itÆs over. / I survived my first year / of Middle Schoolö). In short poems in a variety of forms, the unnamed girl faces the challenges of making new friends; figuring out the mysteries of her locker and the ôendless corridor[s]ö; getting dressed in the un-privacy of the locker room-all the everyday, universal experiences of middle school. GeorgeÆs poetry is unpretentious and down-to-earth; the voice is believably that of a twelve-year-old. If the overall impression is more prosaic than lyrical (and the bookÆs too-young illustrations and fussy design elements donÆt help), consider the subject. Not to say that George never transcends middle-school mundanity. The girlÆs efforts to learn to play the flute for band are amusingly rendered in memorable haiku scattered throughout: ôAfter much practice / flute still suffers severe case / of laryngitis.ö And this on a Sunday-night realization that she has homework due the next day: ôThe end of my weekend, / like the end of a Popsicle: / instead of one last lick- / a taste of stick.ö Copyright 2003 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 September)
Gr 4-7-Middle school, with all its trials, tribulations, and triumphs, is portrayed humorously and poignantly through the eyes of one girl. Some of the more mundane topics include a locker that won't open, being late to homeroom, carrying around a large piece of wood as a hall pass, and deciding where to sit in the lunchroom. The book also delves into significant issues, from making new friends and a first crush to teasing, gossip, and a bully who may not be so tough after all. The selections are short, mostly filling less than a page, and get to the heart of the matter quickly. The emotions range from confusion, loneliness, and fear to being nervous and tongue-tied. Amid all the angst and trauma are light moments of "chaperones/(someone else's parents!)/bobbing offbeat" at the school dance or a troublesome musical instrument, "after much practice/flute still suffers severe case/of laryngitis." Students will relate to this voice navigating "upstream," while they try to find their own place in the middle-school wilderness.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.