Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Roadtrip by Linda Oatman High

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I was smitten,
bitten
by a love bug
or something.

I didn't
even care
that I'd
just been hit.

I was in deep
smit.

Laura Crapper, a seventeen-year-old combat-boot-wearing poet with spiked red hair, renames herself Sister Slam and hits the road with her best friend, Twig. On the way to a slam poetry contest in New Jersey, they hit a pig, get pulled over by the cops, fight with one of the judges, lose the contest, get into two more fender benders, fight with each other, and finally land on the front page of a New York City newspaper for their amazing impromptu performance at the famous Tavern on the Green. The girls and their fresh style of poetry take the city by storm, but when Laura's father back in Pennsylvania has a heart attack, she must face her fears about home and the still-raw loss of her mother. This inspiring romp of a coming-of-age story, written entirely in Laura's in-your-face slam poetry style, proves you don't have to give up your home to live your dream.
 

About Linda Oatman High

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Linda Oatman High is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults. Her book Barn Savers was an ALA Top of the List Best Picture Book, and Under New York was named a Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book and a Nick Jr. Best Book of the Year. She frequently offers writing workshops and enjoys visiting schools. Linda lives with her family in Pennsylvania.
 
Published April 7, 2004 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 250 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Plot summary alone cannot convey the awfulness of the poetry in this over-the-top melodrama.

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This ultra-hip Cinderella tale, written entirely in verse, introduces an unconventional, memorable heroine: overweight ("way past chunky/ In fact I was downright/ clown-white fat") Laura Ro

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Ironically, the final disaster—getting in an accident that totals Laura's "old clunker car"—proves to be a fortuitous event, practically throwing Laura into the arms of a young man who turns out to be both her Prince Charming and Fairy Godmother.

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