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Everything All at Once

Written by Steven Camden

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Poetry School Stories

LoveReading View on Everything All at Once

A week in a secondary school - punchy poetry dealing with all aspects of a teen's school life | Pitch-perfect, vibrantly-voiced verse for secondary school students

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Winner of the CLiPPA 2019 | One of our 2018 Books of the Year

These poignant, punch-packing poems explore the varied emotional lives of secondary school pupils facing the giddy transition from being “the biggest to the the secondary school jungle” like “gazelles in a field full of lions”. Complex tangles of feelings are laid bare with heart-rending authenticity, from the headiness of he-said-she-said gossip, to the bewildering “who the hell do you sit with?” loneliness that strikes when your best friend’s off school (Thanks a lot, Belinda).                                                          

Vending Machine is an incredible piece of writing, encapsulating the anguish and anger of betrayal, of having your heart trampled on, and then the bliss of recovery when your heart feels “a little lighter”. Another personal favourite is the sublime Dear Mum, BTEC about a student “drawing different plans” after realising they are ill-suited to exams - plans they hope will make Mum proud. There are jubilant themes too, such as the breathless, time-stopping “WHAM!” of instant attraction, the jangling joy of being at the bottom of a celebratory pile-on after you’ve scored, and the magic of those inspirational, unforgettable teachers who take time to share a book they think you “should try”.

A chorus of entertaining, emotionally-charged insights and observations sing and dance through these tender, playful pages, with each short verse alive with empathetic, true-to-life experiences.  

Joanne Owen

Everything All at Once Synopsis

An achingly beautiful collection of poems about one week in a secondary school where everything happens all at once. Zooming in across our cast of characters, we share moments that span everything from hoping to make it to the end of the week, facing it, fitting in, finding friends and falling out, to loving lessons, losing it, and worrying, wearing it well and worshipping from afar.

In Everything All At Once, Steven Camden's poems speak to the kaleidoscope of teen experience and life at secondary school.

All together.

Same place.

Same walls.

Same space.

Every emotion under the sun

Faith lost.

Victories won.

It doesn't stop.

Until the bell.

Now it's heaven

Now it's hell.

Who knows?

Not me

I just wrote what I can see

So what's it about?

Here's my response

It's about everything

All at once.'

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509880034
Publication date: 12th July 2018
Author: Steven Camden
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: Poetry, School Stories

About Steven Camden

Steven Camden is a leading spoken-word poet, performing as Polarbear. He also writes radio plays, teaches storytelling in schools, and was a lead artist for The Ministry of Stories. Tape is his first novel. When you read it, you will find this hard to believe. Everything All At Once is a collection of original poems for teenagers and is his first collection for Macmillan Children's Books.

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