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A moving #OwnVoices poetry collection written by young newcomers to Canada Carry On began in a high school in Outremont, Quebec, where author and poet Simon Boulerice conducted creative-writing workshops for young newcomers to Canada. As the students began writing, their poems gave voice to their reflections on leaving family, friends, and countries of origin to make new ho A moving #OwnVoices poetry collection written by young newcomers to Canada Carry On began in a high school in Outremont, Quebec, where author and poet Simon Boulerice conducted creative-writing workshops for young newcomers to Canada. As the students began writing, their poems gave voice to their reflections on leaving family, friends, and countries of origin to make new homes and connections in their new home, Canada. Paired with expressive portraits by award-winning artist Rogé, each young writer reflects on the experience of leaving one home for another. The collection of poems express feelings of anxiety, sorrow, anticipation, gratitude, and hope for the future. With thoughtful verse and evocative illustrations, Carry On is a tribute to human resilience, the voices of newcomers, and creating empathy for all those who wonder about their place in the world.


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A moving #OwnVoices poetry collection written by young newcomers to Canada Carry On began in a high school in Outremont, Quebec, where author and poet Simon Boulerice conducted creative-writing workshops for young newcomers to Canada. As the students began writing, their poems gave voice to their reflections on leaving family, friends, and countries of origin to make new ho A moving #OwnVoices poetry collection written by young newcomers to Canada Carry On began in a high school in Outremont, Quebec, where author and poet Simon Boulerice conducted creative-writing workshops for young newcomers to Canada. As the students began writing, their poems gave voice to their reflections on leaving family, friends, and countries of origin to make new homes and connections in their new home, Canada. Paired with expressive portraits by award-winning artist Rogé, each young writer reflects on the experience of leaving one home for another. The collection of poems express feelings of anxiety, sorrow, anticipation, gratitude, and hope for the future. With thoughtful verse and evocative illustrations, Carry On is a tribute to human resilience, the voices of newcomers, and creating empathy for all those who wonder about their place in the world.

38 review for Carry On: Poetry by Young Immigrants

  1. 4 out of 5

    Misse Jones

    Carry On is a moving, passionate collection of poetry written by young high school students who are telling their collective stories about what it means to leave a home and land in Quebec. Away from family and friends, culture, weather, and food, each student articulates their feelings on the transition and what it means to call two places home. They were brave, honest, and hopeful! The poems are accompanied by beautiful images by illustrator, Rogé, Thank you to NetGalley and OwlKid Books for g Carry On is a moving, passionate collection of poetry written by young high school students who are telling their collective stories about what it means to leave a home and land in Quebec. Away from family and friends, culture, weather, and food, each student articulates their feelings on the transition and what it means to call two places home. They were brave, honest, and hopeful! The poems are accompanied by beautiful images by illustrator, Rogé, Thank you to NetGalley and OwlKid Books for gifting me a copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    Carry On is a stunning collection of poetry contributed by young new immigrants to Canada. Through this emotive prose, voice is given to an experience that stirs many conflicting emotions, from loneliness and longing, to hope and rebirth. Paired with beautiful portraits of the contributors by Roge Girard, each submission is an evocative tribute to human resilience, and finding a home, wherever that may be, in an ever-changing world. Many thanks to NetGalley and Owlkids Books for an ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This one a 3.5 for me, and I loved how carefully designed the book is with plentiful white space that allows the text to take the spotlight as well as thick paper and a full-page portrait facing the poems. Here fifteen young poets share their thoughts on leaving home and finding a new place to live. The immigration process is complicated in many respects, and while there are commonalities among these verses, there are also unique takes on what it means to relocate. Part of a writing project in a This one a 3.5 for me, and I loved how carefully designed the book is with plentiful white space that allows the text to take the spotlight as well as thick paper and a full-page portrait facing the poems. Here fifteen young poets share their thoughts on leaving home and finding a new place to live. The immigration process is complicated in many respects, and while there are commonalities among these verses, there are also unique takes on what it means to relocate. Part of a writing project in a Quebec high school, the poems were originally written in French and then translated into English. The writers come from various countries, including Moldova, Uruguay, Ukraine, and South Korea. These lines will resonate with others who have left all that is familiar to start a new life: "I have gained the future / I have lost the past" (unpaged) by Hernan Farina Forster. And "Like birds migrating / I am lost / Far away in a foreign land" (unpaged) by Amir Reza Saeidi. Homesickness and a longing for the familiar can be felt in some of the poems as well as blossoming hope and determination to make the most of this new life, both gaining and losing something in the process. The poems are also accompanied by stunning portraits of various young immigrants, sometimes the poets themselves but also other teens. I wasn't clear as to why portraits of all the writers were not included, but the images that were here blew me away. I can certainly see these poems and others on immigration becoming part of a larger performance piece or as exemplars for a class writing project on identity or origins alongside the classic "Where I'm From" poems that are often used to help students connect to their roots.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Salem Reid

    Carry On was a lovely short collection of poetry written by young immigrant children who now reside in Canada. I picked this up today and decided to give it a go. While I do think these can be moving, I found that there weren't many poems and they often didn't vary in their short length, though I am joyful of the emotions I felt reading these. These are very hopeful but woeful at the same time, missing old friends, family and memories. I'm not an immigrant and I will always appreciate reading an Carry On was a lovely short collection of poetry written by young immigrant children who now reside in Canada. I picked this up today and decided to give it a go. While I do think these can be moving, I found that there weren't many poems and they often didn't vary in their short length, though I am joyful of the emotions I felt reading these. These are very hopeful but woeful at the same time, missing old friends, family and memories. I'm not an immigrant and I will always appreciate reading and hearing the words of someone whose struggled and who needs their voice heard. I gave this three stars because I didn't think it would be fair to give it any less. The illustrations of the poets were gorgeous, the poems were sort of short and there weren't many to get through, but I do recommend this anyway. It was nice!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Varin

    Carry On is a quick read featuring illustrated portraits and short poems by young immigrants on leaving their countries and coming to Canada. I think it does a sufficient job at flipping the script. You know the one. Carry On points out that children are leaving their homes, their families, and their friends. A lot come to Canada for one kind of safety or another. Carry On is also a good introduction to poetry, with shorter poems that say what they mean and don’t hide as much in metaphor or simil Carry On is a quick read featuring illustrated portraits and short poems by young immigrants on leaving their countries and coming to Canada. I think it does a sufficient job at flipping the script. You know the one. Carry On points out that children are leaving their homes, their families, and their friends. A lot come to Canada for one kind of safety or another. Carry On is also a good introduction to poetry, with shorter poems that say what they mean and don’t hide as much in metaphor or similar techniques. Perfect for a younger audience. I wanted more. More poems and more perspectives as Carry On is short at 36 pages. It feels like a taste of a larger collection, not a collection in its entirety.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    This wonderful collection of poems are written by high school students who were newcomers to Canada. The poems are lovely, painful, and inspiring. They show sacrifice, hope and determination. Further personalizing and elevating the poems are the accompanying stunning portraits created by artist Rogué. A fantastic read and would make a splendid addition to upper elementary and high school libraries and literacy classrooms. Thank you to Net Galley and OwlKids Books for a digital ARC in exchange fo This wonderful collection of poems are written by high school students who were newcomers to Canada. The poems are lovely, painful, and inspiring. They show sacrifice, hope and determination. Further personalizing and elevating the poems are the accompanying stunning portraits created by artist Rogué. A fantastic read and would make a splendid addition to upper elementary and high school libraries and literacy classrooms. Thank you to Net Galley and OwlKids Books for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    I love the side by sides of poetry and portrait. This is a beautiful piece of prose showcasing newcomers to Canada. Their hearts and stories. As a former high school english teacher, I would be honoured to study this collection of poetry in english classes. The stories presented within the book's binding are filled with hope, hardship, and, above all, perseverance. I will be buying the hardcopy of this one. Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the e-arc. I will be promoting this book at every I love the side by sides of poetry and portrait. This is a beautiful piece of prose showcasing newcomers to Canada. Their hearts and stories. As a former high school english teacher, I would be honoured to study this collection of poetry in english classes. The stories presented within the book's binding are filled with hope, hardship, and, above all, perseverance. I will be buying the hardcopy of this one. Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the e-arc. I will be promoting this book at every turn.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    It is not very often that we can actually hear from young immigrants about their feelings and situations moving to another country. This book came about because of a writing program in Canada that worked with students and sharing their experiences through poetry. All of the poems are written by those immigrants. Seeing a new country (Canada) through their eyes by itself is eye-opening but to compare the various poems and think about what is and isn't mentioned in them is a great compare and cont It is not very often that we can actually hear from young immigrants about their feelings and situations moving to another country. This book came about because of a writing program in Canada that worked with students and sharing their experiences through poetry. All of the poems are written by those immigrants. Seeing a new country (Canada) through their eyes by itself is eye-opening but to compare the various poems and think about what is and isn't mentioned in them is a great compare and contrast activity.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Owlkids Books through NetGalley. Powerful Own Voices poetry. Readers feel the emotions from a variety of immigrant high schoolers who all attend the same school in Canada. They share their experiences in a new country - the adjustments, the sorrows, the excitement, the joys. Beautiful portraits accompany each poem so readers not only feel the words but see the expressions to connect with their experiences.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Sanders

    Canada is a melting pot and this book does a great job of showing that. These poems by Montreal high school student immigrants show hope and sorrow and nervousness and relief. They are accompanied by beautiful gray-toned portraits of the artists. My favorite poems are by Olhin Natolla (whose smile reflects the humor in her poem) and Arad Panahi (whose poem goes from sorrow to hope).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bria

    Wow what an absolutely powerful collection of poems and accompanying art. The portraits themselves speak volumes, but paired with the author's words detailing their experiences of immigration to Canada, some of these works are truly breathtaking. This should be added to everyone’s modern poetry collection. Wow what an absolutely powerful collection of poems and accompanying art. The portraits themselves speak volumes, but paired with the author's words detailing their experiences of immigration to Canada, some of these works are truly breathtaking. This should be added to everyone’s modern poetry collection.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    What a beautiful, short, approachable collection of one-page poems, each opposite a portrait of a teen immigrant to Canada. Would be a great asset for any immigrant age 11-20, looking for proof that there are others who have experienced something similar and that they are not alone, whatever mix of feelings they have about their new life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Risa

    An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (a little bit late, though). 4 stars This is a short but lovely and creative collection of poetry discussing a kind of transition that I could never even imagine. Great work.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anneke Alnatour

    Wonderful collection of drawings and poetry by immigrant children and teens.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Willoughby

    Thank you to Net Galley for the digital ARC of this book. Full of beautiful portrait illustrations and Own Voices poems about individual and personal experiences of immigration. Every immigrant story is unique and this book seeks to highlight the ways people from different countries have experienced immigration to Canada. Hearing personal perspectives is a great way to encourage understanding and empathy. This book is worth a read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ana Calabresi

    This is an anthology of poems by immigrant kids to Canada. I can relate to their feelings, being an immigrant myself. Such a wonderful project, to give these kids a voice to express their views and emotions about this huge change in their lives. Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy.

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  38. 4 out of 5

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