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Poetry for Preteens

Open your middle-schooler's mind to a world of language with these poetry collections and free verse novels.
 
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What My Mother Doesn't Know (Mature Content and HS)
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
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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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O Jerusalem
by Jane Yolen Illustrated by John Thompson
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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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Best Poems Ever, The
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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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 ..."

Fowzi, who beats everyone at dominoes; Ibtisam, who wanted to be a doctor; Abu Mahmoud, who knows every eggplant and peach in his West Bank garden; mysterious Uncle Mohammed, who moved to the mountain; a girl in a red sweater dangling a book bag; children in vel

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