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Book Title: Girl Coming in for a Landing: A Novel in Poems|
The author of the book: April Halprin Wayland
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: March 9th 2004
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ISBN 13: 9780613878012
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This book caught my eye when I was in the poetry section at the library. I was a bit leery since it had a YA sticker plastered on its spine, but I opened the book and read the first poem:
In the middle of the night
I turn on my light
then slowly peel
off layers of me
with the press of each key.
I knew I had to read this book.
I still wasn't sure I'd like it, though. They were poems written from the viewpoint of a fourteen (or maybe thirteen?) year old girl. (Whose name I don't know, come to think of it. So pardon me as I refer to her in pronouns.) Some of her adolescent musings I could no longer identify with (and I definitely couldn't identify with her kissing boys at such a young age), but this was actually a wonderful book! It could be read as a novel, it could be read as a collection of poetry. The story wasn't laid out clearly in so many words. Often it had to be read in the spaces between poems. (Aren't I making a lot of sense?)
My favourite poems were definitely the ones about her and her writing.
I Have To Write
I have to write.
A splinter pushed up through my skin
and I can't sleep
until this sliver of words
works its way out.
But there were other beautiful moments as well. The ones that stand out in my memory at the moment are the poems about her Great Aunt Ida, and this line in a poem to her sister:
Sister-sister-sister take this in:
there's nothing better than knowing
knowing inside me and outside in the high clouds, too,
that you are in this strange-wonderful-awful-justsilly place
this world with me.
(But I am very sentimental about sisters lately, as mine is getting married and moving away this year.)
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Read information about the authorApril Halprin Wayland's next picture book, MORE THAN ENOUGH--A Passover Story, illustrated by Katie Kath, comes out from Dial Books for Young Readers in March 2016.
Her picture book, NEW YEAR AT THE PIER--A Rosh Hashanah Story, won the Sydney Taylor Gold Award for Younger Readers and received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. It is an affectionate, celebratory story of forgiveness and what a boy learns at the pier on the Jewish New Year.
Her novel in poems, GIRL COMING IN FOR A LANDING, won the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award for Childrens Poetry, was a Junior Library Guild selection, was nominated as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and was nominated for ALAs Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers.
The operative word of her website is whimsy--it's full of writing exercises and resources, as well as information on Tashlich and on forgiveness
April also posts about poetry on the blog TeachingAuthors with five other children's authors who teach
Her poems are widely published in CRICKET Magazine and anthologies and have won the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Poetry multiple times (garnering honors four times and winning it twice).
Other works include her NAPPA gold award-winning CD of stories, and numerous picture books (Scholastic and Knopf).
She gives workshops across the US and throughout Europe, and has been on the faculty of the UCLA Extension Writer's Program teaching Writing the Picture Book for Children since 1999.
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