Read poetry and short stories written by teens just like you! Dealing with every subject teens deal with everyday, these are must-reads for the lover of poetry and stories, the writer of poetry and stories, or just teens dealing with contemporary issues. Teen boys, ages 11 to 19, share their thoughts and feelings on everything from first love to "well-kept" secrets. — Jeanette
"You Hear Me is a fresh approach to hearing what today's youths have to say, and it's refreshing that the words come straight from them." — School Library Journal
In a powerful collection of more than seventy uncensored poems and essays, more than fifty teenage boys from across the country explore their many-layered concerns: identity, love, envy, gratitude, sex, anger, competition, fear, hope. Here, unadorned and without the filter of adult sensibility, is the raw stuff of their lives, in their own words. Isn’t it time to listen?
About the Author
Betsy Franco has published more than forty books, including poetry and nonfiction titles for children. She inspires trust in the many different people she meets in the course of her work as a writer. As she explains, "My philosophy when researching and writing books has always been to let adults, young adults, and children spread for themselves as much as possible." With YOU HEAR ME, her purpose is to let teenage boys do so. And, as she says, "It's about time."