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The last fifth grade of Emerson Elementary

by Shovan, Laura,

Format: Kindle Book 2016 2016
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"A story told in verse from multiple perspectives of the graduating fifth grade class of Emerson Elementary. The kids join together to try to save their school from being torn down to make way for a supermarket"--
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 Novels in verse
Schools Fiction
Schools Juvenile fiction
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Electronic books.
Novels in verse.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Random House Children's Books2016
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience NP
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780553521399
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