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Poetry for Teens: Think Again by JonArno Lawson

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 14, 2010

Think Again Think Again

by JonArno Lawson (Author), Julie Morstad

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 64 pages

Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. (March 1, 2010)

Source of book: Publicist

What to expect: Poetry, First love

“Make sure that your heart

Isn’t too well-defended.

Your heart is designed

To be broken and mended.”

The teenage years can be confusing and bewildering, especially when it comes to first love—I know mine were. Thankfully, JonArno Lawson has written a collection of simple but thought-provoking poems that highlights the quandary of teenage relationships. His words are encouraging, realistic, and quite blithe. Julie Morstad’s provocative line art strengthens the story and adds a visually stimulating depth with her depiction of a girl and boy who are obviously dealing with the uncertainties of a new relationship and the self-discovery that comes with the territory. Think Again is a valuable choice  for opening up discussions between peers, a parent and a teen, or an introspective soul-search. It’s a fast read that’s light and deep all at the same time.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.


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