When it comes to writing for young readers it seems that no one writes just one book anymore. That’s one of the reasons I love verse novels for young readers – they are often stand-alones adrift in a sea of sequels, trilogies and series.
That said, some of my favorite verse novels for parts of sets, so I thought I’d highlight some here.
Of course I’ll start with the incomparable Ellen Hopkins. Her verse novels CRANK, GLASS and FALLOUT form a trilogy about the long ranging effects of meth addiction. SMOKE is the sequel to her heartrending BURNED. And the adult TRIANGLES is a companion to the YA TILT.
Australian verse novelist Stephen Herrick’s KISSING ANNABEL was once two novels called Love, Ghosts, and Facial Hair and A Place Like This Now it’s published in one volume.
Finally I can’t help but mention my book AUDACIOUS will be followed by a sequel, CAPRICIOUS to be published in 2014.