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Parents' Guide to

The Brimstone Journals

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Free verse poems about troubled teens -- and school attack.

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The characters may not be developed, but their voices and concerns are often real, and raw, and there's a lot of meaning packed into a few words. Though all the different voices can get a bit confusing, the types a bit clichéd, and the ending a bit too easy, the author shows how the mundane, everyday concerns of teens can be more important to them than the disaster looming before their eyes.

Almost any of these short, simple poems, chosen at random, could be a discussion starter between parent and teen, or teacher and class. Cumulatively they give teens much to think and talk about.

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