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The Novel as a Poem | Essay — Douglas Glover

The Novel as a Poem | Essay — Douglas Glover | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
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This is the beginning of things, the Ur-essay, the thought-lode out of which most everything else I have written about literature has evolved. It was written in the late 1980s and so, to an ever so slight extent, is a period piece.

Via Gerard Beirne
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Ghost Of The Still: BR: The wolf

Ghost Of The Still: BR: The wolf | Verse Novels | Scoop.it

Lucy, Jake, the wolf, and the parents. Lucy is a girl who was dealt a bad hand abusive father, annoying brother, passive mother she is silent, strong, at times meek. Jake has a good life and his one goal is to prove his fathers Wolf is real he is level headed, smart, caring. The wolf is the catalyst for jake as well as lucy.

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
Inspired by a true story, Katherine Applegate tells one of the most compelling animal stories I have ever read. Written in short prose from the perspective of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who was poa...
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Family

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It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the han...
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Librarian of Snark: Review: Pieces of Georgia

Librarian of Snark: Review: Pieces of Georgia | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
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On Verse Novels and Bullies – and Wonderful Wins…

On Verse Novels and Bullies – and Wonderful Wins… | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
It started with Sherryl Clark’s book, Sixth Grade Style Queen NOT! (Penguin) – and blossomed with a class of Year 7 students. (They loved it and I loved the discussion that it generated, especially...
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The Golden Gate - I (A novel in verse) by Vikram Seth

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The Golden Gate - I (A novel in verse) - by Vikram Seth. 1.1. To make a start more swift and weighty, Hail Muse. Dear Reader, once upon A time, say, circa 1980, There lived a man. His name was John.
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Mini Reviews: KARMA, MAY B, THE DEATH OF JAYSON PORTER, ALL THE BROKEN PIECES and UNDER THE MESQUITE

Mini Reviews: KARMA, MAY B, THE DEATH OF JAYSON PORTER, ALL THE BROKEN PIECES and UNDER THE MESQUITE | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
KARMA by Cathy Ostlere. I really adored this verse novel about a young indo-Canadian girl getting caught up in the unrest in India after the assassination of Indira Gandhi. This is both everything ...
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Newbery Blueberry Mockery Pie: May B. A Novel

Newbery Blueberry Mockery Pie: May B. A Novel | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
In similar style to Karen Hesse's Newbery-winning, Out of the Dust, and Witness, Caroline Starr Rose's novel in verse is deeply affecting. May's honesty in assessing her shortcomings is balanced by her inner optimism that she ...
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Book Spine Poetry vol. 6: A Working Theory of Love | Brain Pickings

Book Spine Poetry vol. 6: A Working Theory of Love | Brain Pickings | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
It's been a while since the last installment of book spine poetry, so here's another snippet of life-truth, rendered in literary titles: Bursts, music, big questions: A working theory of love. The books: Bursts: The Hidden Patterns ...
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Last Laughs Animal Epitaphs Book Review | SocialCafe Magazine

Last Laughs Animal Epitaphs Book Review | SocialCafe Magazine | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
This book is good for your brain because it provides: Poetry, rhythm and rhyme, good for the reluctant reader, humorous, life science, animal study, figurative language and word play. We recently received this book for a ...
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Sal's Fiction Addiction: HOME of the BRAVE, written by Katherine Applegate. Feiwel and Friends, 2007. $18.95 ages 12 and up

Sal's Fiction Addiction: HOME of the BRAVE, written by Katherine Applegate. Feiwel and Friends, 2007. $18.95 ages 12 and up | Verse Novels | Scoop.it

In this novel in verse about a Sudanese refugee who comes to America to find a better life with his aunt and his cousin, she gives us an honorable and unique boy.

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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone « Nerdy ...

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone « Nerdy ... | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
The poems are stand alone poems woven together into a cohesive whole, which a novel in verse must do. Stone's verse is clear cut, to the point, and the structure of each poem helps the reader feel the poem's emotions.
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Beowulf by Seamus Heaney

Beowulf by Seamus Heaney | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
In off the moors, down through the mist-bands God-cursed Grendel came greedily loping. The bane of the race of men roamed forth, hunting for a prey in the high hall.
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The Watch that Ends the Night « Book-A-Day Almanac

The Watch that Ends the Night « Book-A-Day Almanac | Verse Novels | Scoop.it

On July 13, 1864, John Jacob Astor IV was born in Rhinebeck, New York.  He serves as one of the multiple narrators of today’s book The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf. This amazing re-creation of the journey of the Titanic provides ample opportunity for the rich and poor—even the ship’s rats—to tell their version of the story.

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Review: Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

Review: Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
Title: Glimpse Author: Carol Lynch Williams Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books (Simon & Schuster imprint) Release Date: May 1st, 2012 (paperback edition) Interest: Verse Novel Source: Purchased Sum...
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Poetry for Children: Skills?

Poetry for Children: Skills? | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
Each participant received a copy of my latest book, The Poetry Teacher's Book of Lists, and I brought, presented, and circulated some 50 poetry books. As I talked about new trends in poetry for children, collection development ...
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Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Selected Poems’ and ‘Pale Fire’

Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Selected Poems’ and ‘Pale Fire’ | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
“Pale Fire” is the elephant in the room when assessing the poetry of Vladimir Nabokov.
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Braiding the Verse Novel: Carol Fisher Saller - Terry Farish

Braiding the Verse Novel: Carol Fisher Saller - Terry Farish | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
Can you draw a parallel between your use of verses and style of verses to create the novel and cultural traditions of the community you write about. The term cultural could refer to the time period, to war, to a family, or other ...
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Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Verse Novels

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Verse Novels | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
Last month Katie Dekoster from Book Love speculated that Novels in Verse (NIVs) were becoming the new vampires. I certainly hope so, since I have one coming out next year and another (the sequel)  ...
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Answering the question: Why not in verse? - LiveJournal

Answering the question: Why not in verse? - LiveJournal | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
As some of you have probably figured out, FALLING FOR YOU (coming from Simon Pulse January 2013) is my first published YA novel not written in verse. Some readers haven't wanted to know - why? Why isn't this one ...
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Belle's Bookshelf: Top Ten: Books I Push

Belle's Bookshelf: Top Ten: Books I Push | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
I didn't think I liked verse novels - until I read Sarah Crossan's The Weight of Water. It's so beautiful and powerful, and convinced me that verse novels can be really awesome. So I highly recommend it for anyone who is a bit ...
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SHAPING A BONSAI: An Interview with Melissa ... - Poetry at Play

SHAPING A BONSAI: An Interview with Melissa ... - Poetry at Play | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
No matter the state of the market for children's books, it's always exciting to find a publisher—and an editor—with a growing list of children's poetry titles. And it's especially exciting to find an editor who champions some of the ...
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Interview with New York Best-Selling & Award-Winning Author Ellen ...

Interview with New York Best-Selling & Award-Winning Author Ellen ... | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
Ellen Hopkins is the award-winning author of eight NY Times bestselling young adult novels-in-verse. Her first adult novel, Triangles, published last year and her upcoming YA, Tilt (September 2012) is a companion to that ...
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Focus on the Bully: A Review of Orchards | The Pirate Tree

Focus on the Bully: A Review of Orchards | The Pirate Tree | Verse Novels | Scoop.it
Parents taking control of a bullying situation, albeit perhaps too late, serves as the inciting incident of Holly Thompson's 2011 middle grade novel-in-verse, Orchards (Penguin). While one can find novels for young readers that ...
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