The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary Laura Shovan s engaging big hearted debut is a time capsule of one class s poems during a transformative school year Families change and new friendships form as these terrific kids grow up and move o

  • Title: The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
  • Author: Laura Shovan
  • ISBN: 9780553521
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Laura Shovan s engaging, big hearted debut is a time capsule of one class s poems during a transformative school year Families change and new friendships form as these terrific kids grow up and move on in this whimsical novel in verse about finding your voice and making sure others hear it.Eighteen kids,one year of poems,one school set to close.Two yellow bulldozerscrouchLaura Shovan s engaging, big hearted debut is a time capsule of one class s poems during a transformative school year Families change and new friendships form as these terrific kids grow up and move on in this whimsical novel in verse about finding your voice and making sure others hear it.Eighteen kids,one year of poems,one school set to close.Two yellow bulldozerscrouched outside,ready to eat the buildingin one greedy gulp.But look out, bulldozers.Ms Hill s fifth grade classhas plans for you.They re going to speak up and work togetherto save their school.Awards Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices Honor BookCybils Award in PoetryAn NCTE Notable Verse NovelBank Street Best Children s Book of the YearILA CBC Choices Reading Lists, Children s ChoicesSCBWI Crystal Kite Finalist, Midatlantic RegionLectio Book Award FinalistNominated for Pennsylvania Young Reader s Choice AwardsWisconsin State Reading Association Children s Book AwardsRhode Island Children s Book AwardNew Hampshire Great Stone Face Book Award

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    1. Brooks Benjamin on said:

      I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.There comes a time in every reader's life when they must getA certain novel which by definition does not fitInside their comfy world of what they typically do read,But manages somehow to turn into a book they need.I will not lie, the rhyming style of novels put in verseWas something I tried to avoid. They frightened me at first.My introduction to this world just so happened to beThe Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.Right as I [...]

    2. S.M. Parker on said:

      *Deep, glorious sigh* I have such a book hangover from this beautiful middle grade debut. Shovan wrote her entire book in a series of poems, all brimming with unique characters, humor, determination and pride. I smiled fully at the richness of personality in verses like:"Some morningsmy words are clumsy.They bump into each other.Smoosh boosh BAM!They've got as much rhythm as an octopusdoing the chicken dance."The book explored so many amazing historical events and people, The March on Washington [...]

    3. Peter Monn on said:

      This was such an amazing elementary school book. I wish I had read it years ago with my mom. So endearing. Check out my full review on my booktube channel at youtube/peterlikesbooks

    4. Melanie on said:

      I love novels in verse, and this one offered such a wide array of poetic form that it was truly impressive. The reader can't help but follow each student's story with interest as they face the dilemma that their school may shut down forever--a truly frightening prospect for students of any age! Perfect for readers who'd like to explore verse with a heartfelt story, Shovan's debut will grab students' attention and hold it as they wait to find out if this will be THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON EL [...]

    5. Jennifer on said:

      I had the opportunity to read an early copy of THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, and I am so glad I did.Oh my goodness, this book was absolutely wonderful, and I was so sad when it ended. (I actually paused in my reading after the "third quarter" of the year because I didn't want their 5th grade year to end.) Laura Shovan is a masterful poet. Through her poetry in the voices of 18 (!) different, wonderfully unique kids, she has made their world and their journeys come alive. Every sing [...]

    6. Abby Cooper on said:

      What a wonderful book! As others have said, all eighteen characters are phenomenal, and it's pretty much impossible to choose a favorite. Ms. Hill's class is extremely diverse in every sense of the word; there are students who speak different languages, who follow different religions, who come from vastly different socioeconomic backgrounds. In other words, it's totally representative of a typical classroom in our world. I love that so many students will be able to see themselves and their frien [...]

    7. Heidi Heilig on said:

      So my new favorite first line ever is in Laura Shovan's THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY--voice and character and rhythm all in two words! (which words? you have to read to find out!) And the rest of the book did not disappoint. I was teary eyed at page two but giggling again soon after, and OMG MS. HILL! It was a true joy getting to know each student through their poems, and you feel for all of them as the larger story unfolds. Some poems stand out in my memory as my absolute favorite [...]

    8. Victoria Coe on said:

      I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.From start to finish, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary is completely delightful in every way. Through the voices of 18 very real and very lovable fifth graders, we experience their individual stories as well as the collective story of their class during a very momentous year in the history of their school in verse!The students' poems are fun and entertaining, insightful and sad, and always full of [...]

    9. Carolee Noury on said:

      This book! How I wish it had existed when I was in grade school.Shovan's ability to bring 18 5th graders to life through various styles of poetry is magnificent. That we're journeying with them through the normal trials and tribulations of growing up, with pressures and losses unique for some and universal nonetheless--loss, change, fears, while the entire group is saying goodbye to elementary school and the school building itself is remarkable.This is a unique book with plenty to smile at, chee [...]

    10. Kathleen Glasgow on said:

      I love, love, loved this book. So did my son, who turned down the latest chapter in THE GOBLET OF FIRE so we could finish this book. How could you not love a novel-in-verse from the point of view of fifth graders? Such a lovely book that isn't afraid to introduce difficult subjects to young kids: divorce, homelessness, and race. Shovan does an excellent job with voice: each student comes alive, individual and distinct. This would be a wonderful book to bring to a classroom as a way to get studen [...]

    11. Monica Tesler on said:

      I was fortunate to read an ARC of this book, and I adored it! I loved how the author included so many different kinds of poems. Each character was unique and fully developed, and I was interested in all of their perspectives. I also thought the world building was great--I could easily picture the class, playground, crossover to the middle school, etc. Not to get into spoiler territory, but I found the ending satisfying and realistic. The additional content in the back of the book was excellent. [...]

    12. Lee Malone on said:

      What a creative, thoughtful gem of a book! Told through poems written by 18 students facing the closing of their school, each different voice shines as they share their own stories and perspectives on everything from their fears about middle school to first crushes to more. An absolutely lovely book that is worth reading and re-reading again and again.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    13. Ashley Blake on said:

      Adorable! I loved the diverse perspectives, handled with authenticity and sensitivity, and adored this inside look into this fifth grade class's community! LOVE!

    14. Kali Wallace on said:

      This is an absolutely delightful story told through a series of lovely, heartfelt poems. Every student's voice is unique and interesting in its own way. Through their poems we get to watch them grow and change and adapt over the course of the school year, as they deal with not just the eventual closure of their school, but old friendships breaking up and new ones being made, parents divorcing or being deported, family members falling ill, crushes and disappointments and triumphs and so much more [...]

    15. Lois Sepahban on said:

      I was lucky to read an advanced copy of THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY. I enjoyed getting to know the eighteen students in Ms. Hill's classroom, and I was so impressed with how their unique characters were developed in their poems. Each student's voice is so different and so clear. This book should be in every classroom library. Friendship, democracy in action, and poetry--there's so much to love about THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY.

    16. Kathy MacMillan on said:

      I received an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.You will fall in love with the kids of THE LAST FIFTH grade. Each one emerges as an individual, and the class dynamics becoming achingly clear as each poem brings new perspectives. You'll pull for these kids to succeed in saving their school.

    17. Jennifer Bardsley on said:

      This summer I had the opportunity to sneak a peak at an advanced copy of The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan. This is a delightful book about a classroom of fifth graders fighting to keep the school board from tearing down their alma mater to build a grocery store. What makes the novel unique, is that it is told entirely in poems.Through poetry we meet Norah Hassan, the only student who wears a hijab. We meet New Mathews who has Asperger’s and an aide to help him out. Sp [...]

    18. A.E. Conran on said:

      I have just finished this ARC from work and I really believe it will be a godsend to teachers and kids alike. A verse novel with a diverse and very recognizable cast of kids, who decide to try and save their school through civil action. I can already think of people to whom I will recommend this book: teachers wanting to bring new, inventive and fun poetry ideas into the classroom (there are fabulous resources at the back); all kid poetry lovers of which there are many; parents looking for chara [...]

    19. Book Riot Community on said:

      Rioter Karina Glaser recommended this audiobook as one of the best of 2016 on the Book Riot end of year audiobook round-up, and I’m so glad I took the recommendation. The story is told through the poems of a fifth grade class dealing with the impending closing of their school – in addition to more day-to-day problems that are no less serious or personal. The poetic nature made the audiobook was one of my favorites I’ve ever listed to – 7 narrators doing 18 different voices bring the enti [...]

    20. Elly Swartz on said:

      Timing is everything. How lucky I was to kick-off National Poetry Month with Laura Shovan’s debut novel, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY. There was so much to love in this story, written in its entirety in poems from the students of Ms. Hill’s class. Shovan is a master of poetry and does an exceptional job capturing 18 unique voices in a myriad of different poetic styles. She manages to give the reader insight into the students’ individual lives and challenges, while capturing t [...]

    21. Jenn Bishop on said:

      How much can change in one school year? For the eighteen kids in Ms. Hill's fifth-grade class, the answer is: a lot. Knowing that their school, Emerson Elementary, is slated to be torn down at the end of the year to make way for a supermarket, the class is instructed to write poems for a time capsule. With these poems, representing a variety of poetry forms, these fictional kids pour out their hearts in confessions that are at points heartbreaking, at others, comical, but moving and honest throu [...]

    22. Ruth Lehrer on said:

      Who'd have thought such simplicity would pack such an evocative punch? The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary is novel in verse, a tricky thing to pull off but Shovan composes a variety of poetic forms without breaking a sweat. Helped out by the little illustrations, all 18 characters have distinct personalities. The class is multicultural, poignantly intimate, and funny. I found myself having fifth grade flashbacks; the sudden memory of going to a Washington D.C. peace march with a sign tha [...]

    23. Scott Fillner on said:

      The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary is a great book for all middle grade readers. It has multiple characters, but is laid out in a way that is not confusing for readers to keep track of which voice is writing. The poetry in prose is done very well and is connected so that the story moves along at just the right pace. Each character has a different voice, which is refreshing. At the end of the book there are some great resources for readers and educators. I will most definitely use this bo [...]

    24. Nat on said:

      I am so glad my librarian friend, Natalie, recommended this -- I adore this book! It arrived at the right time, because my brain (and heart) needed a break from more serious, gut-wrenching, adventurous books. This collection of narrative poems is a quick read, but perfectly true and emotionally straight-shooting. I was worried that the author might try too hard to represent "every kind of kid" and miss the mark at least once, but this is a class of students that I recognize. I have taught every [...]

    25. Mary Ann on said:

      Laura Shovan's novel in verse, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, is full of distinct voices that prompt us to think about different students' unique perspectives. It's one my students are enthusiastically recommending to one another.Through these short poems, Shovan captures the distinct, unique voices of each student. The class is diverse in many ways--racially, ethnically, economically, and more. At first, I wondered if I would really get to know the different students since each pag [...]

    26. Janet on said:

      I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.There's something special about novels-in-verse. The emotions that wash over you as you read, sometimes crashing down like a giant wave, and sometimes tickling your toes in the sand. THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY is no exception. This book is a beautiful celebration of the individual. No matter what we see of a person on the outside, there are always deeper, hidden struggles and dreams. I want my children to read this. To remember [...]

    27. Amy Allgeyer on said:

      I just loved this book to pieces! It's written in verse, and tells the story of the last fifth grade class of a school that's about to be torn down. The poems are all written by kids in the class. What's amazing are how the voices (eighteen of them) are all so distinct. Even from the brief lines we see of each child, we get a clear feeling of their characters. Each voice is so unique! I also love the way Shovan works details of the kids' lives into the poems. They're struggling and celebrating t [...]

    28. Mark Vukovic on said:

      My name is Abby. I'm 11, and I thought that this book was incredible! It was happy, sad, and moving, all at the same time. I read it in one sitting! I highly recommend this book. There are so many great characters who all have such perfect personalities. Each and every one of those eighteen fifth graders have such original points of view. I couldn't put this book down!

    29. Margaret on said:

      This delightful novel in verse tells the story of one school year at Emerson Elementary School, which is scheduled to close at the end of the year to make way for a brand new supermarket. Ms. Hill, a much-loved fifth grade teacher (who has a mysterious old picture of herself dressed as a “hippie” on her desk), has assigned her eighteen students to write a series of poems in their Writer’s Notebooks over the course of the school year. These poems are to be collected and placed in a time cap [...]

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