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Open your middle-schooler's mind to a world of language with these poetry collections and free verse novels.
 
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Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art
by Belinda Rochelle
These are just some of the works of art you will rind in this stunning collection dat pairs twenty poems by distinglushed African-American poets with twenty works of art by acclaimed African-American artists.
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What My Mother Doesn't Know
by Sonya Sones

Sophie's mother doesn't know about the boy who's pressing Sophie to go further than she wants. Or about the boy she chats with online. These sharp, funny, and tragic poems tell of Sophie's sometimes painful but always passionate journey of self-discovery.

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Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems
by Kristine O'Connell George Illustrated by Debbie Tilley
Award-winning poet Kristine O'Connell George, author of several successful picture books, now turns her attention to the middle school experience.
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Song of the Sparrow
by Lisa Ann Sandell
This eloquent and gripping addition to the Camelot canon -- written in beautiful verse -- has received glowing, starred reviews and early awards buzz!

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Paperbacks : $8.99

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Poems from Homeroom: A Writer's Place to Start
by Kathi Appelt
Poetry is explored, explained, and encouraged in this book, with original poems making up Part I. Part II is devoted to background, suggestions, and advice for would-be poets.
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O Jerusalem
by Jane Yolen
A holy place for three religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem has long been a beloved and sought-after city. Here, in stirring poetry enhanced by evocative paintings, images from all three faiths are presented side-by-side in an inspiring tribute to the power of faith.
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Cautionary Tales for Children
by Hilaire Belloc Illustrated by Edward Gorey

Known as a central figure in English literature, Hilaire Belloc produced a number of stunning, funny, and clever admonishments for children. The tales in this volume, illustrated by the inimitable Edward Gorey, contain instructive lessons for almost everyone.

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The Best Poems Ever: A Collection of Poetry's Greatest Voices
by Various

This fantastic collection contains a wide range of poems, including ones by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Gwendolyn Brooks, Percy Bysshe Shelley and many more. A great way to spark students' interest in poetry.

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Paperbacks : $3.99

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Amiri and Odette: A Love Story
by Walter Dean Myers Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

Acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers explores the sweet, sharp, spark of love between two teens, in a modern retelling of the Swan Lake ballet.

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19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
by Naomi Shihab Nye

"Tell me how to live so many lives at once ..."

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