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Undercover (Laura Geringer Books)

Undercover - Beth Kephart A poetically-written novel about a poetically-inclined girl, Elisa. The poetry, in both Elisa's narration and her poems-as-such, is gorgeous but steers shy of either language or themes beyond the reach of a teenager, even a precocious one. In a way, "beyond the reach" and "steering shy" are what the book's about. It deals with a certain kind of somewhat old-school introspective nature poetry which is far from representative of what people write these days, but is probably still central in interesting kids, particularly girls, in poetry. The book refers to Elizabeth Bishop and Dylan Thomas, and at its culmination—as its culmination, in fact—quotes Mary Oliver's "Wild Geese" in full. It fits exactly.