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Novels in Verse

As Shilo talked about in an earlier post, April is National Poetry Month. Poetry isn't for everyone. Honestly, I'm not a fan. I've always found poetry to be both confusing and intimidating, and I've actively avoided it as much as possible for my entire life. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that I love novels written in free verse.

Novels in verse look a lot like traditional poetry, and while the language could definitely be described as "poetic", they don't read the same way. There's no meter or rhyme - free verse reads more like the natural rhythm of speech. For me, novels in verse are a lot more accessible than traditional poetry because it's easier for me to follow the plot of a story than it is to try to interpret the underlying meaning of a poem. In this video, I share some of my favorite novels written in verse. Novels in verse are great for reluctant readers, as well as for readers who, like me, aren't fans of poetry. All the books discussed are available through the Cloud Library app, which you can access with your library card. Enjoy! - Alaina

Want to learn more about the books in this video? Just click on the titles below! Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds



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