The last fifth grade of Emerson Elementary

by Shovan, Laura,

Format: Book on CD 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Audio/Visual juv CD SHOVAN Laura
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Audio/Visual
Call Number  juv CD SHOVAN Laura
Community Library of Castle Shannon Juvenile Audio Book J BOOK-ON-DISC Fic Shovan (3)
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Juvenile Audio Book
Call Number  J BOOK-ON-DISC Fic Shovan (3)
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. Laura Shovan's engaging novel is a time capsule of one class's poems during a transformative school year. The students grow up and move on in this big-hearted debut about finding your voice and making sure others hear it.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This skillful first novel by poet Shovan features 18 characters who narrate their pivotal fifth-grade year in a variety of poetic forms. The class is torn about the future of their school building, which the district is actively planning to close, spurring some to political action by petitioning to save Emerson Elementary. Meanwhile, friends are made and lost, crushes bloom, and the students' home lives impact their school lives. At times the sheer number of protagonists, all given equal billing, makes this novel in verse difficult to follow. However, the multiethnic class is distinctive, and readers will grow to care about students' personal struggles, such as whether Gaby's English improves or Mark's grief over his father's death will heal. Back matter on the types of poems utilized will prove useful for those wanting to learn more about poetic forms, and can make for interesting exercises for classroom teachers. A worthwhile book for all libraries, this will appeal to readers looking to spend quality time with kids like themselves.--Cruze, Karen Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This entertaining debut novel in verse follows the fifth graders at Emerson Elementary as they attempt to save their "run-down" school, which is danger of closing. In an ethnically diverse class featuring familiar rivalries and crushes, each student has an opportunity to be his or herself in journal entries destined for a time capsule, which are seen only by their teacher, Ms. Hill. In page-long entries, Shovan skillfully employ different poetic forms and styles-haikus, rhymes, acrostics, free verse, limericks, and more (all discussed in an endnote)-to express the students' personalities, though 18 distinct voices are a lot to track. Characters like Norah from Jerusalem; George, whose father recently left home; Shoshanna, dealing with a demanding friend ("When Hannah wins/ class president/ I'll finally be free./ If she is boss/ of our whole grade/ she won't be bossing me"); and Brianna, whose mother struggles to make ends meet, will inspire readers as they find the courage to save their school and make their voices heard, both as a united front and as capable, valuable individuals. Ages 8-12. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Novels in verse.
Schools -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :2016
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Recorded Books, Inc., publisher.
Participants/Performers Performed by various narrators.
Audience 8 years and up.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact disc.
In container (17 cm.).
Description 3 audio discs (3 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781501925344
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