Parents' Guide to

Between the Lines

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Poetry group helps teens find true selves in moving novel.

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With new students, old favorites, and an epic poetry slam, this powerful companion book doesn't disappoint as it offers another fun and honest look at teens' lives. Like Bronx Masquerade, it masterfully explores the truth of the lives the teens live using their own poetry as supplements to their personal stories revealed throughout the novel. Nothing is as it seems, and that's what makes Between the Lines work -- because everyone can relate to wearing a mask to face the world. Everyone can relate to being afraid to be judged for revealing who they truly are, especially when the truth is embarrassing, scary, sad, or uncomfortable. The book clearly illustrates the need for a safe space for teens to explore and express themselves as they navigate the transition between adolescence and adulthood. It also reiterates the importance of supportive, stable adults in kids' lives.

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