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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Aug 13, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Six voices from an inner-city classroom

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, a kid 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 children will easily identify with, and Amy June Bates's watercolors breathe pictorial life into the characters.

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User Review  - tricha11 - LibraryThing

This was one of my favorite children’s books so far. I really enjoyed the different perspectives that the story was told through. Each poem was told from a different child. My favorite poem was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gabe77 - LibraryThing

This book follows several different African-American students in a middle school. Each stundent has different poems that reflect what's happening to them at school. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Karen English is the author of many books for children, including the novel Francie, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in Richmond, California.

Amy June Bates has illustrated more than twenty books. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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