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Blue Lipstick

Concrete Poems
by John Grandits

Okay, maybe blue lipstick’s not quite right for Jessie. And maybe her new hairstyle isn’t either. But at least she’s never boring or predictable. Who else do you know who plays volleyball and cello, designs her own clothes, and writes poetry to her cat?

Jessie’s definitely a girl with strong opinions, and she isn’t shy about sharing them. Of course that sometimes leads to friction—with parents, her younger brother, her classmates, and certain English teacher who assign totally lame homework.

Jessie’s funny, sarcastic take on high school life is revealed through concrete poetry. The poems are inventive, irreverent, irresistible, and full of surprises—just like Jessie.


ALA Notable Book for Children
ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults
Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor
National Parenting Publications Book Award
School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year


"This irreverent, witty collection should resonate with a wide audience."
—School Library Journal, starred review

"After suffering indignities at the pen of ... Robert (TECHNICALLY, IT'S NOT MY FAULT, 2004), big sister Jessie gets her chance."
—Kirkus Reviews

"A cover that'll grab adolescent girls' attention--and the poetry inside is equally appealing."
—Horn Book

"Friendly and accessible ... it will undoubtedly inspire a multitude of curricular uses."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books