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Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic Inc.
One summer morning in the sizzling city, seven kids gather on a street corner to share the power of poetry. As they move through the neighborhood, the kids transform their experiences — standing up to a tough kid, slurping spaghetti and ice cream, a good "hiccup cough sniff" cry — into a poetry slam celebrating the strength and energy of their own unique voices. Elizabeth Swados' wonderfully aural work is given visual dimension by Joe Cepeda's colorful, character-ful paintings.