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You Just Wait: A Poetry Friday Power Book Paperback – September 8, 2016
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YOU JUST WAIT features the work of eleven award-winning poets plus the dynamic team of Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. The poets: Margarita Engle, Robyn Hood Black, Jen Bryant, Julie Larios, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Joseph Bruchac, Avis Harley, Charles Ghigna, Virginia Euwer Wolff, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and Charles Waters, whose poems for this book all appeared first in the companion book to this book, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School.
Sylvia M. Vardell is Professor at Texas Woman’s University and teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. She has published five books on literature, as well as over 25 book chapters and 100 journal articles. Her current work focuses on poetry for young people, including a regular blog, PoetryforChildren.blogspot.com, since 2006. Her favorite team experience was being part of the Mermaids Drill Team in middle school. No mermaid tail, but lots of cheering, dancing, and good times with friends.
Janet Wong is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former lawyer who became a children’s poet. Her work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and other shows. She is the author of 30 books for children and teens on chess, creative recycling, yoga, superstitions, driving, and more. Always a slow runner and a below-average athlete, she grew up wishing she could be on a sports team—but settled for the debate team instead, where she could have used more of Lucesita’s flair for the dramatic.
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But why should young people have all the fun? YOU JUST WAIT is also the perfect resource for those of us who, despite our "advanced" age, may be itching to write a novel-in-verse and don't know where to begin. Think of this book as your guide and companion as you set out in search of your own creative voice. The Vardell-Wong team have established themselves as experts at linking poetry with teaching and learning—you can trust them to know what they're doing.
At the core of YOU JUST WAIT are twelve poems from a previous collaboration, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (an NCTE Poetry Notable), which are used as a jumping-off point. Janet Wong then wrote twenty-four new poems, weaving together a story about identity, sports, dreams, and frustrations, featuring a diverse cast of characters that young readers will be able to identify with on multiple levels. There's Paz, an Asian-Latina soccer player with dreams of athletic stardom, Lucescita, her feisty movie-loving cousin, and Joe, an older brother with dreams of his own.
While the story line, itself, will engage readers, for me, the magic comes from the way that the reader interacts with ALL the poems—outside poems, response poems, and mentor texts—on a personal level. From the book's introduction: "YOU are the one who sees the connection between them, hears the voices in your mind, and can write your own poems to weave those poems together to create a story only you can tell."
YOU JUST WAIT includes twelve "PowerPack" groups to guide you through the process of reading, thinking, writing, and responding. Aided by Sylvia Vardell's fun and helpful PowerPlay activities and Power2You writing prompts, you have a winning formula for spurring creativity, making connections, and allowing your own words and ideas to flow. Add to that an abundance of back matter, including books about writing poetry and a poetry writing checklist, places to publish your poetry, talking points, performance tips, several useful lists of poetry collections, anthologies, novels in verse, and even poetry books by teens, and you have a must-have resource for the classroom, the tween or teen in your life, or really anyone with a story to tell.