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Catch Your Breath: Writing Poignant Poetry
This title covers these subjects: Creative writing., Authorship., Poetry -- Authorship.
Catch Your Breath: Writing Poignant Poetry
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Catch Your Breath: Writing Poignant Poetry

Inform and engage young writers with this contemporary, creative breakdown of poetry essentials. Clear, concise text introduces and defines key skills while aligning closely to Common Core State Standards. Fun and inspiring writing prompts launch new skills into practice, while author bios and mentor texts provide creative blueprints for budding writers.

GenrePoetry and Drama
Reading LevelGrades 4-5
Interest LevelGrades 4-8
Lexile Level800L
Text TypeInformational Text
PublisherCapstone Press
Page Dimensions7" x 9"
Page Count64
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $37.32 School/Library Price



School Library Journal - Carol Goldman, Queens Library, NY

"A conversational, friendly, encouraging tone enlivens the series. . . .Notable features include the visuals (strong, captioned photographs and colorful, quirky illustrations); “Your Turn” exercises, which provide stimulating writing prompts; and sidebars that highlight famed authors and excerpts from their works." - School Library Journal

November 1, 2015

Booklist - Ilene Cooper

"With their emphasis on providing strong foundational information and worthwhile exercise, these books make a real impact. Another plus: they are handsomely designed with eye-catching artwork. Lots for teachers here, but individual students will find these both helpful and fun." - Booklist

January 1, 2016



"Top 10 Series Nonfiction! Aspiring poets and playwrights, as well as short story and nonfiction writers, will find plenty to help them hone their skills in this series. With an emphasis on providing strong foundational information and worthwhile exercises, these handsomely designed books make a real impact." - Booklist

April 1, 2016


VOYA Magazine

2016 Nonfiction Honor List

August 1, 2016

Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including  Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at

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