Do you remember what it was
like adjusting to middle school? All my awkward memories came rushing
back when I read Swimming Upstream. These poems touch just about
every aspect of those uncomfortable, self-conscious moments. (Read your
favorite poem from the collection)
Prepared by Beth Lee for South
Carolina Junior Book Award 2005
How was your first day at middle
school? Could you open your locker on the first try? Did you get lost trying
to follow your schedule? Locker I’ve got your numbers. Twelve…eleven…twenty-one.
Why won’t you open? Just when you think that you’ve got everything straight,
“Is it Monday Again.” Check out “Lunch Survey.” What did every one bring?
What was your first “School Dance” like? You will identify with the poems
in this timely book. (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)