Updated! YA Novel Preview – 2 books tackle the toughest stuff

There is something really, awesomely cool when two books by two different authors but with similar themes come into our reading life at about the same time. It happened to me this summer, when I received ARCs for Hello? by Liza Wiemer and Breath to Breath by Craig Lew. These are two YA novels that you’ll want to keep an eye on. The title links above go to their Goodreads pages so you can add them to your TBR pile. Hello? by Liza Wiemer Like most teens, Tricia, Emerson, Angie, Brenda, and Brian are absorbed in their own lives, past and present. At nearly 18, Tricia is teetering between the overwhelming grief of losing her last living relative, pressure from a local … Read more

Can you taste it? a 5 Senses Poem – Yum!

Next up in my poetic journey is a 5 senses poem I wrote about friendship. As you would expect, with a 5 senses poem, each line draws on one of our five senses – taste touch smell sight sound In her explanation of 5 senses poems at the Make and Take blog, colors can make great sensory poetry, too. Friendship – a 5 Senses Poem Friendship is a spring color It smells like a rose And tastes like apple pie friendship sounds like a songbird And feels like a furry white kitten. If I were writing a 5 senses poem about friendship today, it would be … Friendship is iridescent It smells like cinnamon With a taste of hot cocoa … Read more

Septone – a Throwback Thursday for National Poetry Month

To all my poetry friends and friends who are poets: I confess, I did not remember what a septone poem is. Here is a great definition I found at Mr. Kelly’s Place, a Weebly blog by an Ontario, Canada, educator. A Septone poem consists of 7 lines of simple, just-for-fun, unrhymed verse. Authors commonly use their 7 digit home or cellular phone number (no area codes required) as the digits in the phone number help to establish the number of syllables the author will use per line (assume that zero requires ten syllables). There is no set topics with Septones and students are encouraged to create a story with a beginning, middle and end.  Because of the limited lines and syllables, the author has to … Read more