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A Place Like This
by Steven Herrick

Jack recounts a story his sister told him of his mother getting her cancer diagnosis ("that day was the middle of a heatwave/ but she shivered/ as she stepped from the surgery/ and saw Dad waiting in the car/ and both of us/ waving from the back seat./ à/ she knew/ the doctor, the heatwave/ or this death/ couldn't touch her").

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Aleutian Sparrow
by Karen Hesse

An Aleutian Islander recounts her suffering during World War II in American internment camps designed to "protect" the population from the invading Japanese.

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Blushing Expressions
by Paul Janeczko

Critically acclaimed poet and anthologist Paul Janeczko has turned his attention to a new compilation of love poems for teens. This book collects the most poignant and moving musings about love from a diverse group of classic poets and writers like Shakespeare, Dickinson, Whitman, Millay, Angelous, and many more.

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by Ellen Hopkins

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.

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Crash Boom Love
by Juan F Herrera

After his father leaves home, sixteen-year-old Cesar Garcia lives with his mother and struggles through the painful experiences of growing up as a Mexican American high school student.

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Escaping Tornado Season
by Julie Williams

Poems describe how thirteen-year-old Allie, living with her grandparents in a small Minnesota town in the 1960s, struggles to cope with her father's recent death, being abandoned by her mother, and trying to fit in at school.

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Girl Coming in for a Landing
by April H. Wayland

A collection of over 100 poems recounting the ups and downs of one adolescent girl's school year. She looks forward to getting her period ("I'm going to be so thrilled I'm going to call it my / Exclamation Point"), weathers the highs and lows of a fierce crush, and yearns to be a writer.

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Here in Harlem
by Walter Dean Myers

Acclaimed writer Walter Dean Myers celebrates the people of Harlem with these powerful and soulful first-person poems in the voices of the residents who make up the legendary neighborhood: basketball players, teachers, mail carriers, jazz artists, maids, veterans, nannies, students, and more. Exhilarating and electric, these poems capture the energy and resilience of a neighborhood and a people.

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Light Gathering Poems
by Liz Rosenberg

An anthology of poems that heal, offer hope, and inspire. "She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes." --Lord Byron Here is a collection of beauty, inspiration and light. Liz Rosenberg has gathered poems of sunlight and starry skies, of light flickering in a dark and difficult world.

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Revenge and Forgiveness
by Patrice Vecchione

A collection of nearly sixty poems dealing with revenge and forgiveness, plus suggested readings about each contributing poet.

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Soul Moon Soup
by Lindsay Johnson

After her father leaves and Phoebe and her mother struggle to survive in the city, Phoebe finally goes to the country to live with her grandmother, where she learns family secrets and hopes her mother will return for her.

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Spinning Through the Universe
by Helen Frost

A collection of poems written in the voices of Mrs. Williams of room 214, her students, and a custodian about their interactions with each other, their families, and the world around them. Includes notes on the poetic forms represented.

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by Eireann Corrigan

Relates, in a series of poems from different perspectives, the events and after-effects of an intruder's violent attack on a family.

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Stop Pretending
by Sonya Sones

A younger sister has a difficult time adjusting to life after her older sister has a mental breakdown.

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Teen Ink : Written in the Dirt
by Stephanie Meyer

A collection of poetry, fiction, photography, and art by teenagers, exploring their experiences of what it means to be a teenager.

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The Invisible Ladder
by Liz Rosenberg

Features such poets as Robert Bly, Allen Ginsberg, Nikki Giovanni, and Galway Kinnell by including photos, selections of their work, and comments on their poetry.

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The Portable Beat Reader
by Anne Charters

The best minds of a generation : East Coast beats -- Heart beat : enter Neal Cassady -- Constantly risking absurdity : some San Francisco renaissance poets -- A few blue words to the wise : other fellow travelers -- Tales of beatnik glory : memoirs and posthumous tributes -- The unspeakable visions of the individual : later work

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The Realm of Possibility
by David Levithan

A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories.

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What My Mother Doesn't Know
by Sonya Sones

Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right

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Winter Poems Along the Rio Grand
by Jimmy Baca

A romantic and a populist, Jimmy Santiago Baca celebrates nature and creativity in Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande. These poems form an expansive meditation on Baca's spiritual life, punctuated always with his feet - repeatedly, rhythmically - as he runs the boulder-strewn trails along the banks of the Rio Grande each morning and contemplates his old life, his new love, his family and friends, those living and those dead, and where he prays to the Creator for the humility to become "more the river than myself

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