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Urban Poetry

Speak to Me (And I Will Listen Between the Lines) (2004)

Author: English, Karen Illustrator: Bates, Amy
Publisher: Macmillan
Number of pages: 32 pages

In a series of candid free-form poems, Karen English presents the thoughts of six third-grade children in one day and one classroom at an inner-city public school. Malcolm is the central observer, but also a dreamer. Rica has turned eight today, and her real father will be picking her up later. Brianna is upset because Rica has given over "best friend" status to Neecy. There's Lamont, who aspires to be teacher's pet, and Tyrell, who seems bound for trouble from the moment he arrives. Inspired by her own experience as an elementary school teacher, Ms. English captures voices that reflect a range of emotion and interest with which children will easily identify.

ISBN 13: 978-0374371562
Reading Level (grade): 3.6
Reading Level (A-Z): O