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Running with Trains: A Novel in Poetry and Two Voices

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Is the grass greener on the other side of the train window? Even a brief brush with a stranger can change our lives. It\u2019s 1970, and Perry feels adrift in turbulent times: his father is missing in action in Vietnam, his mother is studying to become a nurse in the city, his older sister has become a peacenik in college. Traveling between his hometown, where he lives wit ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published 2012 by WordSong
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Barbara
Two boys with very different lives, Perry and Steve are connected by the path of a train although they never really get to know each other. Perry rides the B&O railroad line twice a week since he alternates living with his grandmother and his mother. He feels disconnected from all that is familiar since his father is missing in Vietnam, his sister has disappeared into the war protest movement, and his mother is in nursing school. He writes letters to his sister, Annie, in an attempt to recon ...more
Kris
Nov 05, 2012 Kris rated it liked it
Recommended for gr. 5-9. While this novel in verse shows an interesting slice of two boys’ lives, there is not a lot of plot. Perry writes much of his story on the train as he travels between his grandmother’s home in the country and his mother’s in the city, where she has moved to continue her education since his father is missing in Vietnam. Steve lives on a farm adjacent to the tracks and wonders what life would be like if he were not stuck with the cows and farm chores. Perry writes letters ...more
Theresa
Two voice, novel in verse. HIts a lot of CCSS stuff but the story is really barely there; this would fit more into a poetry unit than a narrative study unit. The history is way too vague for the target age reader; teacher will need to supply BG on Vietnam/60s. Interesting finding yourself themes that are independent from the history -- although a lot of the poems make different points in today's context.

Rec. for poetry kids, angsty kids that are "looking for their place"
Anne
Told in two alternating voices in poem format, this novel is about Perry and Steve. One of them rides the train, the other watches it. Their stories overlap and then collide one day. While it is an interesting look into two very different lifestyles, there is nothing compelling enough to keep the plot moving.
Lynda
Apr 05, 2016 Lynda rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A novel in poetry and two voices was the subtitle and had me intrigued. Perry and Steve each long for the others' life until they find out a bit about it. I would like to read this again. I read it for the story which was good, but I'd like to savor the poetry a bit, in which case I read it too fast the first time.
It was very different and I enjoyed it.
Literary Princess
likes: boy characters, Midwest setting
dislikes: unrealistic characters (especially considering one was supposed to be 9 years old); stilted form (with explanation paragraph at beginning of each poem); lack of interesting story
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poems were fine, did not like the exposition at the beginning of each
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