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Laura Shovan

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Laura Shovan's debut middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was a NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the year, and won a Cybils Award for poetry. It was named the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices honor book in 2018. Laura's second children's novel, Takedown, launches in Summer, 2018. She lives with her family in Maryland, where she is a longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.

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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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It’s time to say goodbye to Northfield Elementary, friends. Last week was our poetry celebration and tomorrow is the last day of school.


Our third grade poets wrote list poems based on a model from Naomi Shihab Nye, odes to their favorite places, and retold fairy tales. At the celebration, I get to see the polished, revised poems for the first time. Some of them have such wonderful accompanying...

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