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Did the subtitle jar you a bit? “A Hostage Drama in Poems.” Poems?! It works remarkably well. Mel Glenn takes a difficult subject—a berserk teacher holding his students hostage—and lets the drama play out in this unusual format. The poems—five from each student, one for each year of high school, and the last composed on the day of the crisis—reveal the thoughts, dreams, and fears of contemporary teens in an urban classroom. A bit like rap in visual form, the poems cut deep, build in suspense. The honesty expressed will capture the interest of even the most reluctant readers.
When popular Tower High English teacher Mr. Chippendale is fatally shot, everyone’s a suspect. The killer could be anyone—one of his students, a colleague, or even an ex-flame. Told in a series of interlocking poems, this suspenseful story will keep readers guessing who the killer is right up until the last page.
“More than a whodunit, this unique offering explores a multitude of issues in its pages.” —School Library Journal, starred review
Seventy poems about the emotional lives of contemporary high school students.