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We don't know if Jack is a reluctant reader, but he's certainly a reluctant poetry-writer. As he tells his teacher Miss Stretchberry, "Boys don't write poetry. Girls do." When she persuades him to give the art a shot, he comes back with, "Can't do it. Brain's empty." Eventually though, Jack learns to appreciate poetry, and readers do so along with him. Jack explores similes, metaphors, rhythm, and other poetic conventions. They help him deal with the death of his beloved dog Sky, and transition into a new life phase. No cautions at all except the death of the dog, which might upset readers younger than the target audience. Teachers will find tons of poetry prompt fodder inside.