Pub date: 2014
Thought provoking, sexy, edgy, and affecting, Teacher’s Pets explores what happens along the line that should not be crossed. Join a group of Venturers, a Wilderness Training school group, on their treks into the great outdoors of supernatural British Columbia and the mysteries of love and loss. Told in a series of free-verse poems from a lively crew of characters, interspersed with student assignments and the comments on them, discussions in and out of the classroom, journal entries, report cards, lists, and horoscopes, this book will engage both older teens and adults readers alike.
“Fearless and bold, Crystal Hurdle’s witty, multivocal novel in verse reads like a cross between Judy Blume and Into the Wild, with a dash of Gilbert and Sullivan thrown in.”—Cathy Stonehouse, author of Grace Shiver
“The collection reads like a play, resonates like poetry, and is as absorbing as a novel.”—Morgan Kelly, author of Midnight in Your Arms
“Unwavering and unsettling, these poems sometimes lift towards the lyrical, but just as often glory in the gutter. Always aware of the ambiguity, Hurdle creates a kind of music, wrung with care, from loves at once ordinary, but in their telling, something more.”—Anne Stone, author of Delible
“This poetry is a mash-up of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and and Peggy Atwood’s Journals of Susanna Moodie… Hurdle knows her stuff. Teacher’s Pets is a Grade A accomplishment.”—George Elliott Clarke, Chronicle-Herald
“This is a mock epic with an anti-heroine who faces the battle of adolescence.” —Anne Burke, poets.ca
“Hurdle manages to make a difficult subject accessible for readers . . . A series of poems, student assignments, and report cards, the story flows from one page to the next, through the different narrator’s voices.” —Jaclyn McLean, Resource Links
“I read this in a single night. Engaging, heartrending, disturbing.“—goodreads.com
Crystal Hurdle teaches English and creative writing at Capilano University in North Vancouver. She is the author of the poetry collection After Ted & Sylvia and her poetry and prose has been published in many journals, including Bogg, Canadian Literature, the Dalhousie Review, Event, Fireweed, and the Literary Review of Canada.