Ego-Tripping and Other Poems for Young People by Nikki Giovanni

By Nikki Giovanni

Insightful and enjoyable, this selection of poetry captures the essence of the African American adventure for teenagers.

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It began to walk away, head and tail held high and proud. “Come back,” said Coraline. “Please. I’m sorry. ” The cat stopped walking, sat down, and began to wash itself thoughtfully, apparently unaware of Coraline’s existence. “We . . we could be friends, you know,” said Coraline. “But we’re not. ” Coraline sighed. “Please. ” Coraline asked the cat. “Look, I’m Coraline. “Cats don’t have names,” it said. ” said Coraline. “No,” said the cat. That’s because you don’t know who you are. ” There was something irritatingly self-centered about the cat, Coraline decided.

Miss Spink went off the stage, and the noise of trumpets squealed as the gramophone needle dug its way across the record, and was pulled off. “This is my favorite bit,” whispered the little dog in the seat next to her. The other Miss Forcible picked a knife out of a box on the corner of the stage. ” she asked. ” shouted all the little dogs. ” Miss Forcible curtsied, and all the dogs applauded again. Coraline didn’t bother clapping this time. Miss Spink came back on. She slapped her thigh, and all the little dogs woofed.

Shouted all the little dogs. ” Miss Forcible curtsied, and all the dogs applauded again. Coraline didn’t bother clapping this time. Miss Spink came back on. She slapped her thigh, and all the little dogs woofed. “And now,” Miss Spink said, “Miriam and I proudly present a new and exciting addendum to our theatrical exposition. ” The little dog next to Coraline nudged her with its front 39 coraline_E 6/11/02 4:18 PM Page 40 paw. “That’s you,” it hissed. Coraline stood up, and walked up the wooden steps to the stage.

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