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Poetry Friday: Hardy Boys

Down to the wire we come.

I’ve been posting a new book spine poem every Friday in March in anticipation of National Poetry Month (week 1, week 2, week 3). Next Friday, the calendar strikes April 1st and I’ll post a gallery showing off all your book spine poems. The submissions have been coming in and they’re a beautiful sight to see.

You can still get in on the action. If you give it a try, take a photo and post it to your blog and let me know, or send it my way (scopenotes at gmail dot com). I’ll also post a gallery for student work that day and add to it throughout April.

For today’s poem, it’s former allies gone wrong:

Be sure to check out the Poetry Friday roundup at A Year of Reading.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Ha-ha! Love it! Here’s mine: http://proseandkahn.livejournal.com/204702.html

    Have a great weekend!


  2. Spine poems make me eight kinds of happy. I read mostly Trixie Belden mysteries. I’m shocked at how clearly I remember them.

  3. I love the spine poetry! I think that I’ve got my branch inspired to take up the challenge. We plan to scatter them around the library next month. We’re still in the thinking stage, but I’ll be sure to pass them along.

  4. Hmmmm…the game’s afoot…it’s going to be hard to walk around the library today without countering that poem with another…:)

  5. You’ve got this form down to an art! Not only do you pick titles that say something, but your poem has tension and surprise!

    Gotta get working on mine…

  6. i keep trying to do this and can’t seem to make my titles work. hopefully. in the meantime, i knew those hardy boys were up to no good!

  7. At last, someone figured out it was the Hardy Boys! Very nice.

  8. I knew that Shaun Cassidy was trouble!

  9. Oh what fun! I’m going to give this a try. Thanks!

  10. This is great! What a clever poem. I am going to try it too!