“…in one corner of the literary landscape, verse-novels are still thriving: young adult fiction, where writers as diverse as David Levithan, Patricia McCormick and Lisa Schroeder have published books in that form, and Ellen Hopkins’s verse-novels regularly hit the Times best-seller list.”
Here’s an unusual and pretty cool assignment to adapt a novel into a verse novel. This assignment handout, along with one for writing an original verse novel were included in the course notes for the Colorado Council International Association‘s recent conference Heroes for Literacy. The session was called Novels-in-Verse: Teaching with the New Narrative Poetry. Neat!
As for reviews, Pinkindle reviews IDENTICAL by Ellen Hopkins
Guys Lit Wire reviews DOGFIGHT by Calvin Trillium
Born Bookish reviews OUT OF THE DUST by Karen Hesse
The Independent reviews THE MARLOWE PAPERS by Ros Barber
Kate Ormand reviews GONE FISHING by Tamera Will Wissinger
The Librarian in the Cupboard reviews The newbery winning THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate
And look at all these reviews for NIX MINUS ONE by Jill MacLean!