The Bridge from Me to You: Verse Novels

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Lisa Schroeder is one of the best YA verse novelists around, in my book — and her latest, The Bridge from Me to You uniquely combines verse with prose in alternating chapters.

the day beforeNew to verse novels? Here’s a brief definition of them, plus a list of some other YA verse novels you should check out!

Verse Novels

A verse novel is a type of narrative poetry in which a novel-length narrative is told through the medium of poetry rather than prose. Either simple or complex stanzaic verse-forms may be used, but there will usually be a large cast, multiple voices, dialogue, narration, description, and action in a novelistic manner. (Source)

You might consider The Odyssey and The Illiad classic versions of verse novels (though they are typically referred to as “epic poems.”)

chasing brooklynYA Verse Novels – by Lisa Schroeder

  • I Heart You, You Haunt Me
  • Chasing Brooklyn
  • Far From You
  • The Day Before

YA Verse Novels

  • Crank (and other books) by Ellen Hopkins
  • Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe
  • The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
  • What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
  • The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
  • Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
  • Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
  • Frenchtown Summer by Robert Cormier

For the comments: What are some other YA verse novels you’d recommend?

 

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