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GIRL COMING IN FOR A LANDING by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Elaine Clayton

Posted in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all)

GROWING UP – KICKING AND SCREAMING ALL THE WAY

Imagination

gives way to reality.

Crushing into love.

 

Nitty Gritty:

YA (grades 7 and up)

Verse novel

Main character – girl on the verse of young womanhood

Themes – kissing games, crushes, awkwardness, adolescence, school work, siblings, parents, drama and melodrama

Poems, pictures, rhythm, rhyme

Poetic technique – slant rhyme

Book divided into sections according to seasons

Through line of plot feels occasionally thin and lacking in substance

Short poems

Surface meanings, light emotion

Slice of life story

Overall sweet look at teenage transition – refreshing change from usual teenage angst novels…