February Verse Novel Reviews etc: Weeks 2 & 3

A big coup for verse novels this week when Lauren Baratz-Logsted took the New York Times to task on the subject:

“…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.”

In other News THE SUNLIT ZONE by Lisa Jacobson was long listed for the inaugural Stella Prize. The book is reviewed here.

Lisa Jacobson

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

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!


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