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A Maze Me - Naomi Shihab Nye

Hardcover Published: 15th March 2005
ISBN: 9780060581893
Number Of Pages: 128
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old

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Life is a tangle of
twisting paths.
Some short.
Some long.
There are dead ends.
And there are choices.
And wrong turns,
and detours,
and yield signs,
and instruction booklets,
and star maps,
and happiness,
and loneliness.
And friends.
And sisters.
And love.
And poetry.

Life is a maze.
You are a maze.
Amazed.
And amazing.

Nye begins her newest volume of 72 original poems with a wonderful, compact introduction in which she remembers her own "rough years of transition" and, like her beloved ceramics teacher, hopes to impart "faith about 'growing up.' " Writing for girls 12 and older, the author encourages her readers to "write three lines down in a notebook every day . . . you will find out what you notice," and these poems, one imagines, could have indeed started out as "scribbled details . . . crumbs to help me find my way back." They often deal with the everyday, smaller moments of childhood-a very large spider named Rose, the ring of a vegetable truck, a little chair, a flour sifter-through which quiet pings of meaning reverberate. Subtly, each of the five sections reflects the poet growing older; what she pays attention to changes and, with seeming simplicity, makes "uncanny connections" visible. From "Sifter": "When good days came / I would try to contain them gently / the way flour remains / in the sifter until you turn the handle." A gem. (index) (Poetry. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)

Introductionp. 1
Big Head
Rosep. 11
Mysteryp. 13
Ringingp. 14
Toys on the Planet Earthp. 16
Every Cat Has a Storyp. 17
Visiting My Old Kindergarten Teacher...p. 18
Worryp. 19
The Boysp. 20
Where Are You?p. 21
Ellipsep. 22
Big Head, Big Facep. 23
Supple Cordp. 24
Every Dayp. 25
The Bucketp. 26
Little Chairp. 27
Secret Hum
Secretp. 33
Some Daysp. 34
Eyep. 35
I Want to Meet the Girlp. 36
In the School Cafeteriap. 37
Crushp. 38
Where He Isp. 39
Groups of People Going Places Togetherp. 40
Sifterp. 42
I Said to Dana's Motherp. 44
Because of Poemsp. 45
Having Forgotten to Bring a Book...p. 46
If the Shoe Doesn't Fitp. 47
On the Same Day My Parents Were Arguingp. 48
Changedp. 49
Hairdop. 50
Message in the Thin Wind Before Bedtimep. 51
High Hopesp. 52
Bad Dreamp. 53
Magical Geography
People I Admirep. 57
My Body Is a Mysteryp. 58
Feeling Wisep. 60
Sometimes I Pretendp. 61
Poor Mondayp. 62
Watermelon Truckp. 63
Margaretp. 64
My Sad Auntp. 65
The Listp. 66
You're Welcome!p. 67
Moving Housep. 68
Making a Mosaicp. 70
Necklacep. 72
From Labrador, 1800sp. 74
Sweet Dreams Please
Historical Markerp. 79
Baby-sitting Should Not Be Calledp. 80
Abandoned Homestead...p. 82
Turtlep. 83
Little Blanco Riverp. 84
The Bird Posep. 85
Meteor Watchp. 86
Writing in a Silop. 88
Finding a Pink Ribbon...p. 90
Bird in Handp. 91
The Word PEACEp. 92
To the Tree Frogs Outside the Windowp. 94
Messages from Everywherep. 95
Something True
Day After Halloween, Jack-o'-Lantern Candle...p. 99
What Travel Doesp. 100
Abandoned Post Office, Big Bendp. 102
Learning to Talkp. 104
Over the Weatherp. 106
On the Sunset Limited Trainp. 107
Across the Aislep. 108
Mona's Tacop. 110
A Way Aroundp. 111
To My Texas Handbookp. 112
Thoughts That Came in Floatingp. 113
Index of First Linesp. 116
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ISBN: 9780060581893
ISBN-10: 0060581891
Audience: Children
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 15th March 2005
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.8 x 13.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.25