Books by Sara Holbrook

THE ENEMY by Sara Holbrook
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A solid fictional examination of a time rarely depicted for this age group. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Poet Holbrook brings back the Cold War in her debut novel for middle grades. Read full book review >
WEIRD?  (ME, TOO!)  LET'S BE FRIENDS by Sara Holbrook
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"A playful yet thoughtful look at the many manifestations of friendship—through words, teasing, physical play—just right for the mid-elementary crowd. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Performance poet Holbrook teams up again with Sandstrom (Zombies! Read full book review >
ZOMBIES! by Sara Holbrook
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"This is good classroom poetry, though, if not verse for the ages. (Poetry. 9-11)"
"He called on me. / My answer's wrong. / Caught like a squirrel / on an open lawn. / Standing alone, / twiddling my paws, / frozen in place, / working my jaws. / I'd like to bolt, / but where? / I moan. / Could anyone / be more / alone?" Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The teen voices are honest and will ring true for any teen who's ever had a crush, been mortified by his or her parents or broken off a relationship with the classic 'it's not you, it's me.' (Poetry. 11-15)"
The highs and lows of first love are chronicled in various poetic forms. Read full book review >
BY DEFINITION by Sara Holbrook
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"It's a Poetry Jam (2002). (Poetry. 11-13)"
"TV came / out of radio, / free verse / came out of rhyme. / I am / coming out of middle school, / changing all the time." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Glazner's Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (2000) remains the older slammer's bible, but younger readers looking for ways to get poetry 'from the page to the stage' will get plenty of help here. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Guaranteed to get even confirmed classroom drones out of their seats and into an audience's face, this high-energy manual is a poetry slam-dunk, combining plenty of easy practice pieces—"The guinea pig has fleas, / there are grass stains on my knees, /AND IT'S ALL MY FAULT?"—with pithy advice about voice, gesture, rhythm, and other aspects of solo, paired, and choral performance. Read full book review >