Swimming Upstream

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Swimming Upstream

Middle School Poems

By Kristine O'Connell George; Debbie Tilley (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618152506, 80pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2002


Award-winning poet Kristine O’Connell George, author of several successful picture books, now turns her attention to the middle school experience. The first year brings an array of challenges: making new friends, moving from class to class, tests and homework, changing for PE, gossip, school dances, and, of course, budding romance. Short, accessible poems in a variety of forms, but all in a single voicethat of a new middle schoolerevoke the memorable moments of the school year, exploring situations and emotions that will resonate with preteens. Lively illustrations complement this perceptive, humorous, poignant record of an important transitional year.

About the Author
Kristine O'Connell George is an acclaimed poet who conducts poetry workshops for children and also for teachers. She lives with her family in Southern California.

Betty Antibus is the author of two previous children's books. A HOUSE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and TOMMY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY. This story was created from a game she played with her young children, play-acting the role of a genie. The children found it great fun.

Praise For Swimming Upstream

"Readers facing this upstream swim [or] toweling themselves off afterwards will find much they relate to in this engaging volume." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"Kristine O'Connell George can do more with a small handful of words than most any poet around." --Riverbank Review Riverbank Review

"...mysteries of lockers and uncontrolled giggling are plumbed...rapture of the boy you like liking you...Sweet and on key." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA