Swimming Upstream by Kristine O'Connell George
Middle School Poems

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Award-winning poet Kristine O’Connell George, author of several successful picture books, now turns her attention to the middle school experience. The first year brings an array of challenges: making new friends, moving from class to class, tests and homework, changing for PE, gossip, school dances, and, of course, budding romance. Short, accessible poems in a variety of forms, but all in a single voice—that of a new middle schooler—evoke the memorable moments of the school year, exploring situations and emotions that will resonate with preteens. Lively illustrations complement this perceptive, humorous, poignant record of an important transitional year.

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Kristine O'Connell George is an acclaimed poet who conducts poetry workshops for children and also for teachers. She lives with her family in Southern California. Roberta Baker is the author of No Ordinary Olive, Lizard Walinsky and Olive's Pirate Party with Debbie Tilley. Publishers Weekly said, "Baker and Tilley celebrate Olive's vibrancy and remind readers that 'it's hard to be patient with the world racing by'." Debbie Tilley is the illustrator of several award-winning artwork picture books, including Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose, recipient of a Jane Addams Book Award honor, and Little, Brown's Someday You'll Thank Me for This by Marc Gellman (January 2007).
Published September 24, 2002 by Clarion Books. 80 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In simply worded verse, George (Little Dog and Duncan, not reviewed, etc.) writes of lockers and lunches, new friends and typical experiences, as she tracks a child's first year of middle school.

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