Swimming Upstream

Middle School Poems

By Kristine O'Connell George
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618152506, 80pp.)

Publication Date: September 2002

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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 voice—that of a new middle schooler—evoke 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, one of the principal voices in contemporary children's poetry, has received the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Promising Poet Award. She lives with her family in Agoura, California.

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

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