July 27, 2019

#BookReview: Limelight by Solli Raphael @AndrewsMcMeel


Synopsis: Age is no barrier to creating poetry that inspires social change and positive action. Thirteen-year-old award-winning slam poet Solli Raphael is taking on the world … one word at a time. 

The future needs you and me to create equality across all levels of humanity ~ Solli

Limelight is a unique collection of slam poetry paired with inspirational writing techniques. With over 30 original poems in different forms, the book features the viral video sensation ‘Australian Air’, which has been viewed 3.5 million times via Facebook. Solli’s work tackles current social concerns for his generation, such as sustainability and social equality, all the while amplifying his uplifting message of hope.

The book includes several introductory chapters looking at traditional poetry forms and slam poetry, as well as tips on developing writing ideas and performing. Filled with his own experiences of creating poetry and speaking in public, such as Solli’s top 10 ways to manage writer’s block, this book engages kids on their level and encourages them to speak up for a better future of their own.

As a voice of his generation, and at a time when youth movements worldwide hold much importance, this extraordinary book showcases creativity and the power of social consciousness.


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About the Author:  Solli Raphael is an award-winning slam poet who rose to fame after his Facebook video of his winning poem at the Australian Poetry Slam national final at the Sydney Opera House went viral, with 3.5 million views in the first 24 hours. He is a budding humanitarian and environmental activist and is known as a game changer among his peers. He is most famously known for his solo live performances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in a stadium of 35,000 and broadcasted live to 1.5 billion people worldwide, along with his inspirational slam poetry delivery in front of 5,000 people at TEDxSydney, and his motivational poem "Australian Air" at the Sydney Opera House where he was crowned the 2017-18 Australian Poetry Slam national champion.
 
Solli uses his poetry as a platform to raise awareness for topics he is passionate about including climate change, equality, deforestation, bullying, and the war on waste. Solli believes that age is no barrier and aims to inspire and empower kids and teens worldwide to help make tomorrow better than today.
 
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This was a very short very quick read.  It was very interesting.  You learn that poetry is more than just words.  Its rhythm and flow, meter and rhyme, sentiment and strategy. (from the book) With information about how this 13 year old became a poet to actual poetry this book will have you geared up to writing your own thing in no time.  I thought that this title will inspire so many teens to get out there and do what they are passionate about! 






The future needs you and me
to create equality
across all levels
of humanity
-Solli










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