NOVELS

Sixteen year-old Jayson Porter wants to believe things will get better. But the harsh realities of his life never seem to change . . .
After the sudden and violent death of his father, there remains only one certainty in Keith James’s life: everything is going to be different now...
IN THIS GRIPPING STORY, four very different teens reveal their deepest feelings and fears during a day in which the hurts and struggles of high school escalate dangerously . . .
PICTURE BOOKS
Fun poems about the "ups & downs" of being small!!
REVIEWS THAT ROCK!/AWARDS
POETRY
"His free verse is highly rhythmic and demands to be performed." (SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL)
SHORT STORIES/POEMS
Check out my poem "Twelve" in this very cool new compilation!
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"NOT LIKE TV" by Jaime Adoff

911
THE BOOK OF HELP
Authors Respond to The Tragedy

From the poem "Not Like TV" by Jaime Adoff

"As I turn the corner, reality smacks me in the face and kicks me in the stomach.
Its not like what you see
on
tv...
That last piece of twisted metal hovering over what once was.
Looking like the grim reaper, five stores high..."


"They carry untold souls on their shoulders, buckets of agony in twelve-hour shifts.
Digging through hell, I can tell, they've seen things a person should never have to see.
Seen things they'll want to forget, but never will....
My thoughts drift away on smoke and ash
as the last recovery worker passes by . . .
His hard hat twisted, like it's trying to slide off his head.
One side of overalls falls down to very wide waist.
Everything on his body—trying to run away. Trying to escape.
He looks through me, through the small crowd.
Walking past a newswoman interviewing a cop, he doesn't stop.
I turn my head and he's gone. Gone into the dust.
You can feel the loss of life pouring through the gat, you can feel . . .
all the husbands and wives and sons and daughters and fathers
and mothers and brothers and sisters . . .
I'm taking it all in, trying to at least.
It's too much. All the suffering starts to seep into my pores, filling
me with despair and
pain, and hate—but there's a moment. A second where I think I
can feel what they felt,
what they felt in that instant the sky fell, and the ground caved
in below them.
For a second, I think I can feel
What they felt . . .
For a second
I think I can.
For a second.

It's not like what you see
on
tv

not like that at all . . .



In 911: The Book of Help, award-winning writers share their responses to the September 11, 2001 tragedy and describe the heroism of those who first rushed to help. The works in 911 are donated, and 50 percent of the net proceeds will go to a charity assisting children and spouses of victims.

Authors and Artists who contributed their work:


Arnold Adoff
Jaime Adoff
Marc Aronson
Avi
Joan Bauer
Marion Dane Bauer
Marina Budhos
Michael Cart
Susan Cooper
Sharon Creech
Russell Freedman
James Cross Giblin
Nikki Giovanni
Robie Harris
Betsy Hearne
Nicole Hollander
Margaret Mahy
Kyoko Mori
Jim Murphy
Walter Dean Myers
Naomi Shihab Nye
David Paterson
Katherine Paterson
Chris Raschka
Sonya Sones
Suzanne Fisher Staples
Virginia Euwer Wolff