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It Doesn't Have to Rhyme: Poetry

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Another Day As Emily
by Eileen Spinelli
Susie is jealous when her brother is deemed a town hero, so she finds solace in the poetry and reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson.
May B.: A Novel
by Caroline Starr Rose
When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May, who suffers from dyslexia, from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.
Mountain Dog
by Margarita Engle
When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, eleven-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Tony experiences unconditional love for the first time through his friendship with a rescue dog.
Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles
by Douglas Florian
An illustrated collection of silly nonsense poems about topics kids care about: talents, avoiding homework, friends and more.
Rhyme Schemer
by K.A. Holt
A novel in verse about Kevin's journey from bully to being bullied, as he learns about friendship, family, and his talent for poetry.
Salt: a Story of Friendship In a Time of War
by Helen Frost
Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.
Words With Wings
by Nikki Grimes
Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents' arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble.
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