Macmillan Children's Books

July 2018

$16.99 AU

120p pb

ISBN: 978-1509880034

Everything All At Once

Steve Camden

from Pan Macmillan...

An achingly beautiful collection of poems about one week in a secondary school where everything happens all at once. Zooming in across our cast of characters, we share moments that span everything from hoping to make it to the end of the week, facing it, fitting in, finding friends and falling out, to loving lessons, losing it, and worrying, wearing it well and worshipping from afar.

In Everything All At Once, Steven Camden’s poems speak to the kaleidoscope of teen experience and life at secondary school.

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Everything All At Once by spoken word artist Steven Camden is a collection of 42 poems following a week in a high school. Told by a wide cast of characters the book covers the whole gamut of teenage experiences at a school, from fitting in to falling out, from finding friends to the latest gossip. This could be any school, any teenage experience. It is authentic and accessible and told with humour and insight. As a reader you can almost feel the anxieties and insecurities these teens face. The range of voices from beginning high schooler to teacher, nerdy kid, sporty kid, popular kid give this a diverse range of perspectives.

This fast paced 120-page novel told in a range of poetry styles is a quick read covering the experiences in a secondary school where everything happens all at once. Not a traditional story this book will nonetheless satisfy readers who are looking for a glimpse into the life of a multitude of characters experiencing school life.

Stephen , Canberra

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