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Swimming Upstream
ISBN: 9781328900180
Author: George, Kristine O'Connell/ Tilley, Debbie (ILT)
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: March 2018
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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 - General
- Juvenile Nonfiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Topics - New Experience
Dewey: 811.540
LCCN: 2018297009
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
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Contributor Bio(s): Tilley, Debbie: - Debbie Tilley has illustrated many books for children, including Spaghetti And Meatballs For All by Marilyn Burns and Babies Don't Eat Pizza by Dianne Danzig. She lives in Escondido, California.
George, Kristine O.: - Kristine O'Connell George is an acclaimed poet who conducts poetry workshops for children and teachers. She is the author of several books of poetry for young people, including Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems and The Great Frog Race, winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. She lives with her family in Southern California. Visit her online at kristinegeorge.com and on Twitter at @Kristine_George.
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.