More Than Friends by Sara Holbrook
Poems from Him and Her

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Teenage love explored from his and her points of view. From the first furtive looks across the classroom to the blossom of new romance and the final flameout, teenage love is loaded with awkwardness, uncertainty, dreams, conflict, and pure bliss. Poets Sara Holbrook and Allan Wolf combine their considerable talents to explore these feelings and struggles by creating the voices of a girl and boy in the throes of affection. As they experience the giddiness of love, the poems' two characters also face obstacles (parents) and distractions (friends) while learning to respect each other's interests and needs. Can this relationship survive? In sonnets, tankas, villanelles, and other poetic forms, Holbrook and Wolf examine the efforts of two teenagers who dare to be more than friends. I Hope She Likes the Way I Wear My Tee I hope she likes the way I wear my tee— my sleeves rolled up, my shirttail hanging loose. 'Course I don't dress for her; I dress for me. If how I look's not me, then what's the use? I hope she likes the way my blue jeans sag— the boxer shorts exposed. The belt bum-wrapped. I wear 'em inside out to show the tag: DKNY—Hilfiger—Nike—Gap. But being fashion-forward isn't free, especially when styles change every day. My look is wrong if how I look ain't me. ... —From the book

About Sara Holbrook

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Sara Holbrook performs her poems around the world and in schools in the United States. She offers workshops for teachers and students that explain how to incorporate poetry and poetry writing across the curriculum. She is also the author of several textbooks on writing and using poetry in the classroom. She lives in Mentor, Ohio. Allan Wolf lives in Asheville, North Carolina. His novel in verse, New Found Land: Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery, was chosen as a School Library Journal Best Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. His new novel in verse, Zane's Trace, was named a Book Sense Children's top Ten Pick.
Published October 1, 2008 by WordSong. 64 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The teen voices are honest and will ring true for any teen who’s ever had a crush, been mortified by his or her parents or broken off a relationship with the classic “it’s not you, it's me.” (Poetry.

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