the independent bookseller! While nearly all of
my books are available on-line, I urge you to buy
your books, whenever you can, from your local independent
bookstore. If the book you want is not in stock,
they will be glad to order it for you.
list and descriptions
of Allan's books!
Books by Allan Wolf for Your Event
in October from Allan Wolf
WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT:
VOICES FROM THE TITANIC
A lyrical, monumental work
of fact and imagination that reads like an oral
history revved up by the drama of the event.
Kirkus Review, Starred Review
Several concrete poems add
visual interest; the Iceberg poems gradually get
shorter as the monster melts, and the melee above
decks is shown through a series of four-line poems
surrounded by snippets of frantic conversation
that converge in the gutter. As the ship sinks,
the words of shipbuilder Thomas Andrews’s poem
tilt and then drop off the page.
Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review
Allan Wolf has combined
meticulous research with open-hearted poetry to
craft the story of the Titanic in a fresh and
compelling way. A remarkable accomplishment.”
Helen Frost, author of Crossing Stones
“Allan Wolf has imagined his way deep into the
cold, dark waters of history and has come back
carrying a couple of dozen voices that he discovered
there, voices whose authenticity is not only convincing
Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate
and winner of the Pulitzer Prize
POEMS FROM HIM AND HER
From the first furtive looks across the classroom
to the blossom of new romance and the final flameout,
teenage love is loaded with awkwardness, uncertainty,
dreams, conflict, and pure bliss. Acclaimed poets
Sara Holbrook and Allan Wolf combine their talents
to explore these feelings and struggles by creating
the voices of a girl and boy in the throes of
affection. As they experience the giddiness of
love, the poems’ two characters also face
obstacles (parents) and distractions (friends)
while learning to respect each other’s interests
and needs. Can this relationship survive? In sonnets,
tankas, villanelles, and other poetic forms, writers
Holbrook and Wolf examine the efforts of two teenagers
who dare to be more than friends.
“These poems are for you, for me, for anyone
who has suffered, is suffering, will suffer that
edgy truth of romance in all its joy and confusion.”
“A powerful, necessary gift to teens.”
readable poems, accessible and compact, . . .
teachers and readers alike will savor this innovative
approach to an everpopular topic.”
“For teachers looking for ways to get high-school
students to read and relate to poetry and leam
its forms this is a top choice.’”
Zane Guesswind has just killed his grandfather,
or so he believes. So he steals the 1969 Plymouth
Barracuda his long-gone father left behind and
takes off on a manic trip to his mother's grave
to kill himself. Armed with a six-pack of Mountain
Dew, a jumbo pack of Sharpies (for scribbling
all over the dashboard), and a loaded gun in the
trunk, he's headed to Zanesville, Ohio, with no
rearview mirror and no more worries. On the way,
he meets Libba, a young hitchhiker who shares
his destination, and other mystic and mysterious
characters. With each encounter, and every mile
marker he passes, Zane gets farther from the life
he knows -- but closer to figuring out who he
A coming-of-age road story with a supernatural
twist -- and a compulsively readable poetic novel
about identity and belonging.
A Book Sense
Children's Top Ten Pick
"Assured rhythm and
taut pacing, haunting characters and a few surprises."
"Allan Wolf is a fine poet who has learned,
as Zane's Traceshows, that poetry isn't all line
"This one caught me by surprise. It's smart
(sometimes even smart-aleck), gut-wrenching, heart-palpitating,
laugh-out-loud, and incredibly moving."
"Zane's Trace is a wild and exuberant ride--you
won't be able to buckle your seat belt, even if
you wanted to."
Found Land: Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery
(Candlewick Press), which first came out in
2004, is now out in paperback. Honor Award for Excellence
in North American Poetry by The Lion and the Unicorn:
A Critical Journal of Children's Literature. On
the 2005-2006 Read-Aloud Books Too Good To Miss
list announced by the Association for Indiana Media
Educators (AIME). Chosen as a School Library Journal
Best Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an
IRA Children's Book Award Notable, and a SEBA Poetry
Award finalist. Starred reviews from Kirkus and
School Library Journal.
Stickies: 100 Haiku to Write and Leave Behind (Lark
can produce instant poetry, inspired by these
partially-written haiku. Composed by Allan Wolf,
author of Immersed in Verse, they range from silly
to serious, realistic to fantastic. Each poem
has blank spaces for children to fill in; earlier
in the pad, they’ll need to add only a word
or two, while the later haiku will have kids writing
nearly from scratch. Comes with pencil and built-in
new book, Immersed in Verse: An Informative, Slightly
Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living
the Poet's Life (Lark Books) is now available
through your favorite bookseller. I wrote Immersed
in Verse, a Children's Book of the Month selection,
with young poets in mind (age 11 and up) but it
has much to offer adults and gifted elementary
ages as well. I've included my own personal philosophy
of writing poems, advice on writing technique
and craft, fifty useful writing prompts and "jump
starts," memorization and presentation tips,
the "Eight Habits of Highly Successful Poets,"
example poems by classic and contemporary wordsmiths,
a complete bibliography, a suggested reading list,
publishing resources for young people, and more.
for young writers wanting to take the plunge or
for those who’ve already gotten their feet
wet, this how-to guide–chock-full of examples–is
sure to inspire and nurture young poets. The information
is intensive without being overwhelming, wise
without being didactic. Wolf ‘s love of
language is evident throughout as he offers a
solid foundation with wit and humor."
Journal, Starred Review
resource for classroom use as well as for kids
to read on their own . . . this book makes writing
and reading poetry cool."
Found Land: Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery
School Library Journal Best Book of 2004
An ALA 2005
Best Book for Young Adults
An IRA Children's
Book Award Notable
1804, a group of courageous Americans set off
to cross the continent by its waterways, to discover
the fabled Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean.
They did not know what they would find, or if
they would return alive.
Allan Wolf’s powerful and exhilarating novel,
you will hear directly from the famed expedition
leaders, Captains Lewis and Clark, as well as
twelve other members of the Corps of Discovery.
Here is a surprisingly diverse crew—from
a one-eyed French-Indian fiddler to Clark’s
African American slave; from the teenage Sacagawea
to George Shannon, a chatty, brash kid; from a
layabout drunkard to an expert hunter. You will
experience the terror and excitement of fights
with bears, buffalo hunts, encounters with friendly
and unfriendly Indians, and dangerous whitewater
rapids. You will also come to know a Newfoundland
dog, purchased by Meriwether Lewis for $20, who
narrates this story—and whose voice will
haunt you long after the voyage is done.
work presents the exciting adventure of the Lewis
and Clark expedition through the eyes of its participants.
Using poetic form, Wolf tells the story in alternating
narratives by a dozen of the human participants
and Seaman, the Newfoundland dog belonging to
Meriwether Lewis. . . . This is an extraordinary,
engrossing book that . . . should definitely be
added to any collection.
Journal, Starred Review
the flood of volumes marking the bicentennial
of the epic journey, Wolf manages something fresh
and alive . . . a must for libraries, a treasure
which is based on extensive historical research,
uses nontraditional narrative formats to successfully
re-create the period and convey the excitement
and anxiety of venturing into the unknown. . .
. These diverse voices reveal in free verse the
class structure of the expedition, as well as
historical attitudes toward African Americans,
Indians, and women. A novel that willl enrich
American History studies and stimulate classroom
a free verse style, Wolf takes his readers on
a journey of amazing complexity. . . . This is
a wonderful book written in a daring format. .
. a book that successfully combines strong historical
research with a poetic format.
Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts
(Candlewick Press, 2003)
you ever wondered just exactly what some of your body
parts do? How many times a year your heart beats? How
big your small intestines are? And, equally noteworthy,
which of your muscles looks most like a slug?
Certain to appeal to elementary-school children, this
unique and humorous book uses poetry to explore the
amazing workings of our bodies. With great verve and
enthusiasm--and plenty of outrageous illustrations--Allan
Wolf and Greg Clarke tickle the funny bone in these
thirty-four poems while answering some of those deep
anatomical questions. Ears have drums (but don't play
them), knees wear caps (even in church), and a boneless
boy turns into a human puddle in this book of wacky--and
anatomically accurate--poems about our body parts.
and literature have rarely blended so merrily."
Washington Post Book World
to tickle the funny bone."
your children read only one book about the spleen this
year, make sure it's The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other
Poems About Our Parts. "
San Jose Mercury News
Allan Wolf's The
Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts
is a perfect example of poetry¹s ability to enhance
content area study. Readers learn about the functions
of bodily organs and systems in poems that are delightful,
engaging, and factual.
The Reading Teacher
Show Time! Poetry from the Page to the Stage (Poetry
book of poems, scripted and ready to perform, for the
elementary grades! Complete with Director’s Notes
and Teaching Ideas. Includes poems by Ogden Nash, Christina
Rossetti, Vachel Lindsay, Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks,
James Whitcomb Riley, and more. Available from Poetry
Alive! at http://www.poetryalive.com or by calling (800)
Is Going to Happen: Poem Performance for the Classroom
(Poetry Alive!, 1990)
the classroom teacher of 6th grade and up. A selection
of poems divided into speaking parts for group performance.
Includes works by John Keats, Gwendolyn Brooks, Edgar
Allan Poe, Carl Sandburg, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence
Dunbar, and more. Complete with Director’s Notes
and Teaching Ideas. Available only through Poetry Alive!
or by calling (800) 476-8172.