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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

By Laura Shovan

Wendy Lamb Books, Hardcover, 9780553521375, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 12, 2016

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Description
Laura Shovan's engaging, big-hearted debut is a time capsule of one class's poems during a transformative school year. Families change and new friendships form as these terrific kids grow up and move on in this whimsical novel-in-verse about finding your voice and making sure others hear it.
Eighteen kids,
one year of poems,
one school set to close.
Two yellow bulldozers
crouched outside,
ready to eat the building
in one greedy gulp.
But look out, bulldozers.
Ms. Hill's fifth-grade class
has plans for you.
They're going to speak up
and work together
to save their school.

Winner, Cybils Award in Poetry
Nominated for:
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards
Wisconsin State Reading Association Children's Book Awards
The Great Stone Face Award (NH)
An NCTE Notable Verse Novels.


About the Author
Laura Shovan has been a writer since the second grade. After graduating from NYU's Dramatic Writing Program, she taught high school and worked as a freelance journalist. She is now an educational consultant for teens with learning difficulties. She edited two poetry anthologies and is the author of the Harriss Poetry prize-winning chapbook Moutain, Log, Salt, and Stone. Laura and her family live in Maryland, where she is a longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council. This is her first novel.
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