You know the SCWBI Writer’s Retreat one day program I applied to? Mark Peter Hughes, author of I am the Wallpaper and Lemonade Mouth will be one of the presenters. I hadn’t read any of his books, and thought it would be a good idea to check them out. For research purposes, you know. And, boy, am I ever so glad I did.
Last night, I read I am the Wallpaper, the debut novel of Mark Peter Hughes, which incidentally was a finalist in the Delacorte Press Young Adult Novel Competition.
Well, let me introduce you to another wonderful coming-of-age story and a book I would recommend for my Great Books for Girls list. I am the Wallpaper.
Of course, by now, you’re wondering, and what does this have to do with Poetry Friday? This is too good to keep quiet for long, so let me just tell you that thirteen-year-old Floey Packer feels like she’s barely noticed, like wallpaper, especially when her older sister, the Amazing Lillian is around. Life takes an interesting turn for Floey when she meets fifteen-year-old Calvin, who is into Zen and poetry, at her sister’s wedding.
When Floey tries to find out about where she can find Calvin on the web, she also does a little research on Zen and haiku. From the start she’s hooked and writes haiku every once in awhile as therapy in her journals. Below is one of the haiku poems Floey wrote to celebrate the new her. And check out the haiku poem Calvin wrote for her. Ah, to have a poem like that written for me!
a tiny ray of sunlight
come in, meet my soul
from I am the Wallpaper by Mark Peter Hughes bright and wild like fire
suddenly she steps forward
out of gray nothing – Calvin, age 15
from I am the Wallpaper by Mark Peter Hughes
I am the Wallpaper
by Mark Peter Hughes
Mentor Texts is hosting Poetry Friday today. Have a great weekend everyone!