Laura Shovan

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Laura Shovan’s debut novel, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY (Random House Kids, 2016), won multiple awards and is the 2018 Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices honor book. TAKEDOWN, her latest book for kids, is about the first girl on an all-boys’ wrestling team (Random House Kids, 2018). It is a Junior Library Guild and a PJ Our Way selection. A PLACE AT THE TABLE, a new middle grade novel written with author/activist Saadia Faruqi, will be published in 2020 by Clarion Books. Laura is a freelance editor and a longtime poet-in-the schools for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Artist-in-Residence program.

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Laura Shovan Hi, Stacia. My book is set in central Maryland, where I live and teach. The school name is invented, but Columbia, MD is known for neighborhoods --…moreHi, Stacia. My book is set in central Maryland, where I live and teach. The school name is invented, but Columbia, MD is known for neighborhoods -- and neighborhood schools -- with literary names. There is a Longfellow Elementary, and a neighborhood where all the street names are Lord of the Rings references! So it's believable that a school in this area would be named for Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I was surprised when I found out how many Emerson Elementary schools there are in the U.S. There are over 30, and they are all over the country.

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Poetry Friday: Welcome to Baltimore

Edgar Allan Poe knew how to have a poetry party. You know who else hosts a great poetry party? Michelle H. Barnes. Stop by Michelle’s blog Today’s Little Ditty to join in the Poetry Friday festivities.


Happy POEtry Friday, everyone.


I’m excited that so many of you are coming to Baltimore next week for the National Council of Teacher of English conference. Lucky me — I get to host Poetry Friday friends Kat Apel and Irene Latham for a few days!


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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
"I read this to my two oldest daughters who thought up until this point that they didn't like poetry- It was a wonderful way to introduce them to so many different kinds of poems - in a way that kept them interested! "
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"A truly beautiful read! This compilation tells the individual stories of a fifth grade class. A wonderful reminder that each student within a classroom comes from a different background. I loved getting to know the characters in this book through..." Read more of this review »
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"I enjoy reading novels in verse and this one was well written. I enjoyed the students poems written by all 18 classmates and getting to know them. The best part of this book was the variety of poetry formats and the back matter explaining what eac..." Read more of this review »
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" Great observations. Mickey really wants to connect with her father and she sees wrestling as a way she can do that. Love of the sport is something the ...more "
" I love how you connected Mickey's story to Mon'e Davis. Women athletes like Helen Maroulis, Serena Williams, and Megan Rapinoe continue to break down ...more "
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