"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer which is due to be released on April 8th
Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three friends decide to take down the reality TV show, For Art's Sake, that is being filmed at their high school, the esteemed Selwyn Arts Academy, where each student is more talented than the next. While studying Ezra Pound in English class, the friends are inspired to write a vigilante long poem and distribute it to the student body, detailing the evils of For Art's Sake. But then Luke—the creative force behind the poem and leader of the anti-show movement—becomes a contestant on the nefarious show. It's up to Ethan, his two remaining best friends, and a heroic gerbil named Baconnaise to save their school. Along the way, they'll discover a web of secrets and corruption involving the principal, vice principal, and even their favorite teacher.
This one had me from the moment I read the title. First, I am a sucker for long titles. Second, being a teacher means that I have a special place in my heart for stories set in schools and third, poetry. Teenage boys writing poetry! TEENAGE BOYS WRITING POETRY AS A FORM OF PROTEST! This one had me sold before I even read that it features a gerbil named Bacconaise (which in itself would have been a reason to read the book).