Poetry Anyone?

by Karen Walch | Jul 29, 2022

Chapter books in poetry and prose

Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai

Ha, a 10-year-old Vietnamese girl is forced to leave war torn Saigon with her family in 1975. She and her mother flee to the United States and find that adapting the to U.S. customs is not so easy.

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Gone Fishing
by Tamera Will Wissinger

Sam is excited to go on a fishing trip with his dad, but not so thrilled when his little sister gets to tag along–especially when she starts catching fish and he doesn’t. Each experience is written in a different type of poetry, and there is a glossary at the back to define each type of poem.

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Full Cicada Moon
by Marilyn Hilton

It’s 1969 and Mimi Yoshiko Oliver wonders if she will fit in in her new, mostly white school in Vermont. She is ½ black and ½ Japanese and faces racial stereotypes, a mean next-door neighbor, and she is barred from taking shop. But all is not bad because she finds a new friend. She plans to become an astronaut and waits in anticipation for the Apollo moon landing. The motto of the book: “For everyone whose courage isn’t quite tall enough for their big dreams,” Take one small step.

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Rez Dogs
by Joseph Bruchac

Malian is at the Wabanaki Reservation with her grandparents when the shutdown for Covid 19 begins, and she must stay there until the shutdown ends. As she misses her parents, she learns about how her grandparents were taken away from their parents to go to “Indian School” and didn’t see them for a year. She learns legends from her grandparents and other similarities between the present and the past.

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Alone
by Megan Freeman

Maddie has planned a secret sleepover with two friends by telling her mom she is at dad’s and her dad that she is at her mom’s house. When the plans fall through and neither friend is able to come, Maddie decides to stay at her grandparent’s empty apartment by herself. Maddie wakes up to discover that the town has been mysteriously evacuated and she is alone. The television people talk about some imminent danger, but Maddie doesn't know what that is And then the power goes out and Maddie is alone. Those who love Island of the Blue Dolphin will enjoy a 21st century version.

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Love that Dog
by Sharon Creech

Jack is sure that he can’t write poetry. Many of the poems his teacher reads don’t make much sense, but some he really likes. Finally he lets his teacher display a few poems If she doesn’t put his name on them. Eventually, with the help of his teacher, Jack finds his voice and is able to write about his dog. The poems his teacher uses to teach poetry are printed at the back. Walter Dean Myers reads his own poem on the e-audio book.

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Mountain Dog
by Margarita Engle

Tony is bound for a foster home after his mother goes to prison, but he is sent to live with Tio Leonilo, a great uncle he has never met. Tio is a ranger in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and lives a life very different from Tony’s city life in Los Angeles. Tio rescues lost hikers, guides nature walks, and takes care of trees. Tio is assisted by Gabe, a welcoming, enthusiastic chocolate lab who helps Tony adjust. Gabe and Tony narrate this story in alternating chapters.

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Red Butterfly      
by A. L. Sonnichsen

Kara was abandoned by her mother as a baby, and an older American woman living in China found her. Kara has a hand with only two fingers, and she thinks this is why she and her mother stay hidden in their apartment. She wonders why they can’t leave their city and fly to Montana where her daddy lives. She thinks–even though I look Chinese, I am American on the inside. A moving book depicting China in the era that allowed only one child.

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Closer to Nowhere
by Ellen Hopkins

“I’m Cal and I’ve been lost since Mom died three years ago./ It’s like off in the distance I can see something that could be home/but every time I start in that direction it’s farther away./And no matter how hard I try to reach it I only get closer to nowhere."

Hannah and Cal are cousins. Their moms are sisters–twins. When Cal’s mom dies of cancer and his dad ends up in jail, Cal comes to live with Hannah’s family. Hannah wishes he wasn’t there–he pranks her, tells half truths, has meltdowns, and causes arguments between her parents. Cal hopes for a home, but he is afraid to hope for happiness.

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Forget Me Not
by Ellie Terry

Callie has just moved with her mother to St. George, Utah to start at a new school–again. This is her 10th new school and she’s only in 7th grade. She and her mom move every time her mom breaks up with someone. Callie has Tourette Syndrome which means her body often does things involuntarily, and it often gets her branded as a freak. The student body president thinks she is really cute and nice, but will he have the courage to be her friend?

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