Sunday, April 1, 2012

Verse Novels for Poetry Month

In honor of poetry month, I'm taking up Caroline Starr Rose on her challenge to read three verse novels for April. For each of the following weeks, I'll have a post on the books below. See Caroline's poetry challenge at Caroline By Line.

This is what I'll be reading

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate tells the story of Kek, a Sudanese refugee who has come to America after the murders of his father and brother. I've read bits and pieces of this book and drawn several activities from its pages. We use it frequently with our ninth grade students because it ties in so well with their unit on African Studies, but I haven't read it cover to cover, so I'm going to take the opportunity to do it this week.

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder. I love Lisa Schroeder's books, but haven't had a chance to read this one. I ordered it about a week ago from our local children's bookstore, but it hasn't arrived yet, so I'm just going to borrow the amazon description:

One moment can change everything. Amber’s life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself.
Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell he’s also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets.
The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she’s drawn to him.  And the more she’s troubled by his darkness. Because Cade’s not just living in the now—he’s living each moment like it’s his last.

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose. Okay, to be perfectly honest, I've already read this one, but it's so beautiful that I couldn't help but add it into the mix. May B. is a young girl who must face the harsh prairie winter alone when she's left in a sod house by the young couple that employs her. On top of all her other problems, she can't read, which makes her isolation even more difficult. This one brings back fond memories of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series.

So hop on the bandwagon and read some Verse novels for April:)

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