Cast Away
Acclaimed poet and Young People’s Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from plastic water bottles to those less fortunate, in this collection of more than eighty original and never-before-published poems. A deeply moving, sometimes funny, and always provocative poetry collection for all ages.“Nye at her engaging, insightful best.”—Kirkus (starred review)“How much have you thrown away in your lifetime already? Do you ever think about it? Where does this plethora of leavings come from? How long does it take you, even one little you, to fill the can by your desk?”—Naomi Shihab NyeNational Book Award Finalist, Young People’s Poet Laureate, and devoted trash-picker-upper Naomi Shihab Nye explores these questions and more in this original collection of poetry that features more than eighty new poems. “I couldn’t save the world, but I could pick up trash,” she says in her introduction to this stunning volume.With poems about food wrappers, lost mittens, plastic straws, refugee children, trashy talk, the environment, connection, community, responsibility to the planet, politics, immigration, time, junk mail, trash collectors, garbage trucks, all that we carry and all that we discard, this is a rich, engaging, moving, and sometimes humorous collection for readers ages twelve to adult.Features an index.

Cast Away Details

TitleCast Away
Author
ReleaseFeb 11th, 2020
PublisherGreenwillow Books
ISBN-139780062907691
Rating
GenrePoetry, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Cast Away Review

  • Dai Guerra
    January 1, 1970
    While I thought these poems were written more for adults than young people I still found them interesting. I like how she wrote a whole book about trash and different types of trash. I thought it was interesting to really think about the way we throw things away and how careless we are with our things.
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  • Meliss
    January 1, 1970
    This was very disappointing. And I had high hopes too. I'm not sure who the intended audience is, because it doesn't sounds MG or YA and agressively political as well.
  • Zoë Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    One of my unofficial reading goals for 2020 is to get back into reading more poetry, and that, plus a beautiful cover, lured me into reading Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye, a collection about trash and politics. I have rarely read poetry intended for a younger audience, and while I thought the themes and messages behind the book were strong, I really didn't care much about the individual poems. I could see what Nye was trying to capture in the beauty of the discarded, but One of my unofficial reading goals for 2020 is to get back into reading more poetry, and that, plus a beautiful cover, lured me into reading Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye, a collection about trash and politics. I have rarely read poetry intended for a younger audience, and while I thought the themes and messages behind the book were strong, I really didn't care much about the individual poems. I could see what Nye was trying to capture in the beauty of the discarded, but unfortunately she never quite captured my heart or imagination. The poems often felt emotionless and straightforward when I was hoping for lyrical beauty. Overall, Cast Away is a clear and concise collection, one that could be used as a starting point for a discussion of important issues such as what happens to our waste and how we treat the planet, but unfortunately it just wasn't poetry I connected to. Disclosure: A digital copy of this book was provided for my review.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    NSN is one of my favorite poets, both modern day and overall. Cast Away is a wonderful collection focused around the theme of trash. She manages to speak to almost all aspects of life while using this theme: love, loss, life, politics, humanity, climate change, the world through a toddler’s eyes and heart, etcI found the entire collection thoughtful and around complex topics but stated in her known way-clear, concise, yet so beautiful and relatable. I think this is a great volume for kids, NSN is one of my favorite poets, both modern day and overall. Cast Away is a wonderful collection focused around the theme of trash. She manages to speak to almost all aspects of life while using this theme: love, loss, life, politics, humanity, climate change, the world through a toddler’s eyes and heart, etcI found the entire collection thoughtful and around complex topics but stated in her known way-clear, concise, yet so beautiful and relatable. I think this is a great volume for kids, teens, and adults-all ages really. I think it would/will make a great way to speak to kids and teens about their concerns around climate change, politics, humanity, littering, love, loss, feeling insecure, etc. Thanks to NSN for sharing her words, her world, and for picking up trash continuously. You are inspiring.
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  • Lucsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the theme of the book and of the poems and the general feelings written about but sadly the poems themselves were not my type.My favorite thing about this book was in how much different ways the poet interpreted the word waste, both in the obvious physical sense but also all the things we throw away like words or feelings. I had never thought about things in such that way and I really liked that.Thank you to Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss+ for this DRC.
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  • Sherlyn
    January 1, 1970
    I really thought this book was pretty confusing because in each page you keep switching the subject about what was on the previous page. I would recommend this to people that are interested in poetry or poetry writing.
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusI normally adore Nye's work, but these poems seemed more appealing to adults. I love that the poems are themed around waste and recycling, but will probably pass on purchasing.
  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Really clever and inspiring. Worthy of much re-listening, and I love the idea of it as a classroom tool, too.
  • Shauna Yusko
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like this is more appealing to adults. But an environmental theme if needed.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    How we treat trash and each other. A good read for middle school.
  • Eija
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book.
  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Good young people's book. Good introduction to poetry on salient subjects. Serious but not too serious.
  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    An inveterate litter-collector, the current young people's poet laureate, offers a collection of poems about the things people toss away. Nothing a child ever does is trash. It is practice.Nye's ability to select just the right, significant detail among the ordinary things and conversations of life, is evident here. Carefully crafted in a free verse, these are truly poems for our profligate time and not just for children. Read in arc sent by the publisher that will be treasured.
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