Hooray it’s Poetry Friday. I’m a bit late today. But super excited to head over to to TeacherDance. Thanks, Linda.
On February 14, 2019, the CYBILS Awards announced Jason Reynolds’ LONG WAY DOWN as the poetry winner. I had the pleasure of sitting on the Poetry Round Two, something I haven’t done in a long time. The seven finalists were spectacular and it was difficult to select the winner.
If you have read the CYBILS Poetry winner and need a new read, please consider the two other verse novels which were finalists.
THE POET X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
HarperTeen; 1st Edition edition
March 6, 2018
I had the pleasure to listen to the audio book. The narrator pulled me into Xiomara’s life from the very first track. Xiomara’s teenage life with strict parents and her coming of age made me reflect on my own teen years. Her poetry book, her brother, and her life in the Bronx is vivid and rich. You can’t help but to fall in love with this book. There were times when I sat in my car in the garage to hear how the chapter was going to end. Yay for poetry and the power it has on lives.
MARY’s MONSTER: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
by Lita Judge
Roaring Brook Press
January 30, 2018
I have a confession. I think the only Frankenstein book I’ve read was one adapted for early readers. I think this is the year to correct that after reading Mary’s Monster. Lita
Judge created an amazing Gothic story about the creator/writer of this British classic. I was drawn into the story of Mary’s life and so unaware of her hard life. The art in the book was incredible. The darkness of the content is sure to give teens a book that they can’t put down. I read it in one sitting, or rather staying up way beyond my bedtime to finish.
I also really enjoyed the back matter that Judge put in the end of the book.
March is an exciting month with a fantastic blog tour featuring Laura Purdie Salas’ new book, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.
Return on Thursday, March 14 for an early Poetry Friday and an interview with Laura.
And on the heels of Laura’s new book, I can announce that GAIL ALDOUS won the copy of
Gail, please email me your snail mail address book.