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P.O.E.M. (the Popcorn/Oreo-Eating Monsters) Teen Book Club

We are a dedicated group of readers who love to talk about the books we're discovering.  Our interests are as varied as the books that we read, but we find plenty in common to talk about. We get together one evening a month, on the third Wednesday---and we bring in the latest books we've been reading, to introduce them to the group.  We don't all read the same books, but we all listen to each other review our latest reads.  We learn to evaluate books so that the whole group understands what the books are about, and what makes them a compelling read.

We've also noticed that the acronym of Popcorn/Oreo-Eating Monsters is P.O.E.M.---so we've been starting off each meeting with each of us reading a poem we've brought in to share.  Sometimes it's something we've written ourselves, sometimes it's something we like that someone else wrote.  Either way, it's a really cool way to start a meeting!  Take a look at what we've been reading---and come on down to the library and join us in January!  Call or email Miss Sarah for details at 673-2288 or shydorn@amherstlibrary.org .

Here is a list of the books we've talked about so far...
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Itch Rocks: The Further Adventures of an Element Hunter by Simon Mayo
The Beyonders by Brandon Mull
Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
Cinder  and  Winter by Marissa Meyer
Water Rat by Marnie Laird
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Horses of the Dawn: Escape by Kathryn Lasky

...and here are some of the poems we read at this week's meeting...

The Present by Bailey Burke

The shiny paper wrapped around you
Having to worry the night through and through

Thinking and waiting and fretting too
Screaming "WHAT IS INSIDE YOU!

Shaking gazing and sighing too
"Oh WHY do I have to wait to open you!"

Finally I rip and tear and rush
And to find out you're a toothbrush!

 

Merry by Shel Silverstein

No one's hangin' stockins up
No one's baking pie
No one's lookin' up to see
A new star in the sky
No one's talkin' brotherhood
No one's givin' gifts
And no one loves a Christmas tree
On March the 25th
 

Silly Billy by Hannah Howard

My cat Billy is so silly

He needs glasses
That's what my mom says

He trips and slips and falls
He chases his mousy toy
And runs into walls

He slips off counter tops
And slides across toilet seats

He falls off beds
And rolls off chairs

He nearly steps on pies
And oh the surprise
In his eyes
when he swallows the flies
and then....they're gone

That's my cat
The clown of clowns
Billy Martin Howard.

 

Silver by Bailey Burke

Silver is the color of the moon.
It is a brisk evening in the season of winter.

It is a moonlight lake.
It is the stillness when all is calm.
It is the stars and the moon and the ocean.

Silver are the bells and their ringing.
And the night of Christmas Eve.
And peace.

Silver is a silent night.