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George, Kristine O'Connell.
Clarion Books, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 5.0
ISBN 0618152504

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Do you remember what it was like adjusting to middle school?  All my awkward memories came rushing back when I read Swimming Upstream.  These poems touch just about every aspect of those uncomfortable, self-conscious moments. (Read your favorite poem from the collection)

Prepared by Beth Lee for South Carolina Junior Book Award 2005

Booktalk #2

How was your first day at middle school? Could you open your locker on the first try? Did you get lost trying to follow your schedule? Locker I’ve got your numbers. Twelve…eleven…twenty-one. Why won’t you open? Just when you think that you’ve got everything straight, “Is it Monday Again.” Check out “Lunch Survey.” What did every one bring? What was your first “School Dance” like? You will identify with the poems in this timely book.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)

SUBJECTS:     Schools -- Poetry.
                        American poetry.


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