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Poisoned Apples
Poems for You, My Pretty
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Every little girl goes through her princess phase, whether she wants to be Snow White or Cinderella, Belle or Ariel. But then we grow up. And life is not a fairy tale.Christine Heppermann's collection...
Every little girl goes through her princess phase, whether she wants to be Snow White or Cinderella, Belle or Ariel. But then we grow up. And life is not a fairy tale.Christine Heppermann's collection...
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  • Every little girl goes through her princess phase, whether she wants to be Snow White or Cinderella, Belle or Ariel. But then we grow up. And life is not a fairy tale.

    Christine Heppermann's collection of fifty poems puts the ideals of fairy tales right beside the life of the modern teenage girl. With piercing truths reminiscent of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins, this is a powerful and provocative book for every young woman. E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, calls it "a bloody poetic attack on the beauty myth that's caustic, funny, and heartbreaking."

    Cruelties come not just from wicked stepmothers, but also from ourselves. There are expectations, pressures, judgment, and criticism. Self-doubt and self-confidence. But there are also friends, and sisters, and a whole hell of a lot of power there for the taking. In fifty poems, Christine Heppermann confronts society head on. Using fairy tale characters and tropes, Poisoned Apples explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, and their friends. The poems range from contemporary retellings to first-person accounts set within the original tales, and from deadly funny to deadly serious. Complemented throughout with black-and-white photographs from up-and-coming artists, this is a stunning and sophisticated book to be treasured, shared, and paged through again and again.

About the Author-

  • Christine Heppermann is the author of Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty, which received five starred reviews and was named to five best of the year lists in 2014, and Ask Me How I Got Here. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Highland, New York.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from September 8, 2014
    In a potent collection of verse, Heppermann melds fairy-tale imagery with lacerating commentary about the demands that society makes on women and girls. The results are excoriating and nearly impossible to forget. “Once upon a time there was a girl who/ had a good hair week!” opens a magazine-style twist on Red Riding Hood. “Seven cute looks/ she could do at home, and their names were/ Waves, Bun, Bangs, Braid, Sleek, and/ Party-Ready Ponytail.” Other poems examine eating disorders, consent, and body image, but while Heppermann illuminates many bitter truths, she also celebrates women’s ability to surmount the societal, systemic forces seeking to box them in. “If I was a good girl,/ if I could satisfy their cravings... I might have stayed at the table,” reads “Gingerbread.” “Wouldn’t you run, too,/ from such voracious love?” Ages 13–up. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from July 1, 2014
    A slim volume sharp as knives.Lacing traditional fairy tales through real-life perils, Heppermann produces short poems with raw pain, scathing commentary and fierce liberation. There's no linear arc; instead, girls buck and fight and hurt. One poem takes the expression "You Go, Girl!" literally, banishing anyone with "wetness, dryness, tightness, looseness, / redness, yellowing, blackheads, whiteheads, the blues." In a structure heartbreakingly inverted from "The Three Little Pigs" (and nodding to "Rumpelstiltskin"), one girl's body goes from "a house of bricks, / point guard on the JV team" to "a house of sticks, / kindling in Converse high-tops," until finally "she's building herself out of straw / as light as the needle swimming in her bathroom scale. / The smaller the number, the closer to gold." She's her own wolf, destroying herself. Sexual repression, molestation and endless beauty judgments bite and sting, causing eating disorders, self-injury, internalization of rules-and rebellion. A hypothetical miller's daughter says, "No, I can't spin that room full of straw into gold. / .... / No, I can't give you the child; / the child will never exist." Gretel's act of eating will literally rescue Hansel; Red Riding Hood reclaims sexual agency, declaring, "If that woodsman shows up now, / I will totally kick his ass."Full of razors that cut-and razors to cut off shackles: a must. (author's note, index of first lines, index of photographs) (Poetry. 13-17)

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  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2014

    Gr 8 Up-Traditional folk and fairy tales collide with feminist observations of modern beauty and hygiene culture in this compilation of 50 free verse and easy to read poems. Each one grapples with the state of femininity with caustic wit, heavy with criticism. Readers will also be treated to moody and eye-catching artwork that complements the poems perfectly. The accessibility of the poems coupled with the striking book cover and photos will appeal to a wide range of readers. The poems should spark interesting questions and insights for contemplation about obtaining a pop culture-derived, air-brushed perfection. One weakness is a failure to consider diversity in femininity; more feminine readers might find the poems slightly insulting because of a tone of disdain toward beauty culture. Overall, however, this is an engaging and enjoyable volume.-Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Horn Book (starred review) "Caustic, witty, sad, and angry, Heppermann articulates . . . the false promises, seductions, and deathly morass of popular culture's imagery of girls' bodies. What makes Heppermann's poetry exceptional, however, is not the messages it carries but the intense, expressive drive that fuels it."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Lacing traditional fairy tales through real-life perils, Heppermann produces short poems with raw pain, scathing commentary and fierce liberation. . . . Full of razors that cut—and razors to cut off shackles: a must."
  • Michael Cart, Booklist (starred review) "Revisionist views of such traditional fairy tales as Snow White, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood . . .offered in the context of the modern lives of young women, who must confront the difference between the promises of sugar-coated fantasy and the bitter lessons of real life. "
  • Gayle Forman, author of the New York Times-bestselling Just One Day/Just One Year duet "It's a bit of a mystery how a slender, subversive book of flayed fairy tale poetry can chronicle how the world tries to rob young women of power, while at the same time handing them back that power. Teen girls should read this—so should their mothers, their aunts, their grandmothers..."
  • — ROBIN ROBERTS, Good Morning America "A bloody poetic attack on the beauty myth that's caustic, funny, and heartbreaking."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) "Deft deployment of fairy-tale motifs and sharp-edged humor . . . Accompanied by stylized fantasy photographs as piercing as the poems themselves, this is sure to be passed around among readers thoroughly tired of being picked, prodded, pimped and primped to achieve an impossible perfection."
  • Sara Zarr, author of National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl "Over and over again, Christine Heppermann's poems reveal the worm in the messages young women get about love, sex, food, and bodies. These poems cast a harrowing but irresistible disenchantment."
  • A.S. King, Printz Honor author of Reality Boy and Ask the Passengers "Simply phenomenal. Heppermann's honest voice grabs the reader with urgency. This collection is a champion for teens and adults who see our world as an advertisement for perfection that doesn't exist. Readers will want to read these poems aloud over and over again."
  • Karen Hesse, Newbery Medal-winning author of Out of the Dust "Heppermann's collection of teen angst is like a velvet bag full of gems to be poured out into the palm, held up to the light, studied, and saved to be brought out again and again on fitting occasions."
  • Rae Carson, author of the best-selling Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy "This powerful and provocative exploration of body image, media, and love broke my heart and made me gasp aloud with its relentless truth. Dark, unsettling, and altogether brilliant, Poisoned Apples is not to be missed."
  • Ron Koertge, author of Stoner & Spaz "Anyone can read these wonderful poems, but I know women and girls especially will open Poisoned Apples and immediately tell their friends, show their friends, loan the book out, get it back, read it again and again until the cover falls off ."

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