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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (87 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Betsy Franco Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2001 ISBN: 9781464044373
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The voices in this collection have so much to question, so much to grieve. They have so much to celebrate, so much to rage against. They’re ready to speak up and begin the conversation, with you and with the world. More than thirty uncensored poems sensitively capture the moods and essence of adolescence. Here, painted in the words of teenage girls, is a portrait of dreams and desires, a record of hope, disillusionment, anger, joy, sadness, and most of all, strength.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Offer[s] glimpses into the writers’ raw anger, budding sexuality, and search for identity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Franco has succeeded in compiling one of the brightest collections out there…outstanding.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Captures the essence of what it means to be a female adolescent today.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “[Franco has] collected the voices of a wide range of girls in poetry and immediate prose…Teens will listen and see themselves.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephany | 12/4/2013

    " I love books like this because they show me I'm not the only one . I love being able to relate to others who share my feelings, and that what this book allowed me to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 10/5/2013

    " Poems that showed true emotions of what affects teenager girls - what worries they have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita P. Perez | 10/4/2013

    " #LS585 Good poetry book....Reading poetry makes me read out of my comfort zone! I think many teenage girls can see themselves in some of the poems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara | 6/16/2013

    " I'm fascinated by teenagers, they always felt so foreign to me, even when I was one. Even though our society tries to deny the realities of kids' lives, these youth document the struggles they go through and also show how resilient they are as individuals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen 8e | 5/25/2013

    " I like it this book is good for girl with low self esteem and need to get there self esteem higher but it not low "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Rittenberry | 2/3/2013

    " Wow! These poems were written by teenage girls. They are so powerful, and address many of the issues that teenage girls face today. I have always thought that poetry is a great form of expression. It was obvious that these girls felt every word that they wrote. I would recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pedro | 1/18/2013

    " Its a book I really enjoy reading, it made me reflect on how young girls feel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriela | 10/11/2012

    " I think many women can identify with these girls. At one point in our lives whether at a young or mature age we've felt like this. Even a grandmother can find value in this book when reading a poem about someone like her. We are able to see into the minds of teenagers and listen to their voices. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reading | 8/21/2012

    " Not really my thing -- wanted to read more from empowered young women, not about all the problems & misfortunate situations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 8/4/2012

    " Moving, intensely talented teen writers. I was impressed. "

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About the Author
Author Betsy Franco

Betsy Franco is the author of numerous books for children, including Counting Our Way to the 100th Day! and Mathematickles!, both illustrated by Steven Salerno, and Birdsongs, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. She and her husband live in Palo Alto, California.