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Remember 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.

THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT:
VOICES FROM THE TITANIC
(Candlewick Press, 2012)

In dozens of voices-from the unsinkable Milly Brown to the captain who went down with the ship, from a young boy in search of dragons to a gambler in search of fools with money to lose, from the ship’s rats to the iceberg itself-Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate recreation of that fateful night.

2012 North Carolina Young Adult Book of the Year

Six starred reviews.

“A masterpiece.” Booklist

“A richly textured novel.” Publisher’s Weekly

MORE THAN FRIENDS
POEMS FROM HIM AND HER
(Wordsong/BoydsMills, 2008)

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 everyone.” Jane Yolen

“Deliciously readable poems.” School Library Journal

 ZANE’S TRACE
(Candlewick Press, 2007)

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 really is.

A coming-of-age road story with a supernatural twist — and a compulsively readable poetic novel about identity and belonging.

2009 North Carolina Young Adult Book of the Year

NEW FOUND LAND: LEWIS AND CLARK’S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY
(Candlewick Press)

In 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.

“Extraordinary and engrossing.” School Library Journal

Winner of a Lion and the Unicorn Honor for Excellence in North American Poery

An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults

HAIKU STICKIES: 100 HAIKU TO WRITE AND LEAVE BEHIND
(Lark Books, 2007)

Kids 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 pencil sharpener!

IMMERSED IN VERSE: AN INFORMATIVE, SLIGHTLY IRREVERENT & TOTALLY TREMENDOUS GUIDE TO LIVING THE POET’S LIFE
(Lark Books)

A Children’s Book of the Month selection, this was written 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.

“Makes reading and writing poetry cool.” Booklist

THE BLOOD-HUNGRY SPLEEN AND OTHER POEMS ABOUT OUR PARTS (Candlewick Press, 2003)

Have 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.

Books for Teachers

IT’S SHOW TIME! POETRY FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE
(Poetry Alive!, 1993)

A 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) 476-8172.

SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN:
POEM PERFORMANCE FOR THE CLASSROOM
(Poetry Alive!, 1990)

For 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! at http://www.poetryalive.com or by calling (800) 476-8172

Free Teacher Resources

Writing, Performing, Experiencing Poetry

From the Page to the Stage, From the Inside Out: A Curriculum Guide to Writing, Performing, and Experiencing Poetry. This is my general curriculum guide with highlights from my books Immersed in Verse, It’s Show Time!, and Something is Going to Happen.

The Blood Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts

Author’s notes, classroom activities, discussion starters, student writing samples, “secrets of the spleen.”

New Found Land: Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discover

Author’s notes, expedition miscellany, discussion starters, writing activities, What I Learned from Lewis and Clark, “secrets of New Found Land,” books for further reading, internet resources.

Poetry Jokes

Seems like every occupation has its own special jokes, lawyers, doctors, banjo players. Well the Po-Biz is no exception. Here are a few poetry jokes guaranteed to make you a sensation at the next open mic. Some are original. Some are stolen. A couple are even funny.

Active Voice Workshop Handout

This is the general handout to accompany most of the workshops I do. It contains info on poem performance, writing, and classroom matters. I’m changing this and updating it all the time, so be sure you have the most recent version. Keep in mind that some of this information will make little sense outside the workshop context. Remember, if you are interested in using any of these materials to conduct workshops of your own, ask permission first and please credit the source.

There Once Was a Poem that Knew Facts: The Unlikely Love Affair Between Poetry and Nonfiction

One part poetry across-the-curriculum, one part text-to-text connection, and three parts fun, this wildly entertaining session explores what happens when Nonfiction and Poetry meet by chance and fall madly in love. I developed this presentation for Get Real, Janet Allen’s Nonfiction Teaching Institute.You can download the handout here.

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