Running with Trains: A Novel in Poetry and Two Voices

Running with Trains: A Novel in Poetry and Two Voices

by Michael J. Rosen

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Overview

Is the grass greener on the other side of the train window? Even a brief brush with a stranger can change our lives. It’s 1970, and Perry feels adrift in turbulent times: his father is missing in action in Vietnam, his mother is studying to become a nurse in the city, his older sister has become a peacenik in college. Traveling between his hometown, where he lives with his grandmother, and his mother’s house in Cincinnati, Perry notices Steve, whose farm lies on the B&O railroad line. Steve likes to race the train as it blows by his fields; Steve skillfully sends his collie after an escaped cow; Steve watches the Cincinnatian, longing for its speed, longing for adventure. In alternating voices, Michael J. Rosen’s poems weave a tale of two boys—one wishing for the stability of home, the other yearning to travel—and the unexpected impact of their fleeting encounter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629791845
Publisher: Highlights
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michael J. Rosen earned an MFA in poetry from Columbia University. His many books for children include The Cuckoo’s Haiku, which was a Kirkus Best Book, a VOYA Poetry Pick of 2009, and was named to the NCTE’s list of 20 Notable Books of Poetry of 2009. He lives in Glenford, Ohio.

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