So much verse love from YALSA and ALA this week!
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN wins the Newbery! OCTOBER MOURNING gets a Stonewall Honor! And I, TOO AM AMERICA illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the Corretta Scott King Illustrator Book winner. The book illustrates a poem by Langston Hughes.
It goes on: FOUR verse novels made the YALSA Best Fiction for YOUNG ADULTS (BFYA) list:
Terry Farish’s The Good Braider. Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2012;
This is a story of Viola’s escape from the Sudan, her long and arduous journey to the U.S., and her struggle with the emotional effects that still linger. Upon arriving in the U.S. she struggles with trying to fit it while maintaining the traditions of her family. This story, told in verse, immerses the reader in the struggles that immigrants have to face while trying to build a new life for themselves but still trying to maintain the ideals of their cultures.
Martine Leavitt’s My Book of Life by Angel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2012;
Angel must escape her life of drugs and prostitution before she is forced to do the same for another.
Lesléa Newman’s October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. Candlewick, 2012;
In 1998, Matthew Shepard was robbed, beaten and left to die tied to a fence in a field in Wyoming. The events surrounding his death are told through various forms of poetry and from varying points of view.
Sarah Tregay’s Love & Leftovers. Harper Collins/Katherine Tegan Books, 2012;
When a summer vacation with her mother turns into a permanent move, Marcie realizes her life will never be the same.
Feeling the love so much from YALSA! They’re also conducting a poll – what is your favorite novel in verse? Go vote!
What a spectacular year for verse! Onto this week’s reviews:
Pinkindle reviews WHAT MY GIRLFRIEND DOESN”T KNOW by Sonya Sones
Early Nerd Special reviews THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT by Alan Wolf
The New York Times reviews THE MARLOWE PAPERS by Ros Barber
Quirk and Quill interviews Holly Thompson whose upcoming book is THE LANGUAGE INSIDE
University of Manitoba CM Magazine reviews NIX MINUS ONE