American contemporary, Historical Fiction, middle grade, poetry, Summer Reads, Verse Novel

Sibling Revelry: Looking for Me Review

Edith is the middle child in a long line of brothers and sisters. When she is asked to write a poem about her family, Edith's teacher points out that she has forgotten an important person: Edith herself. So lies the crux of this lovely little novel. Through a series of free verse (and a few… Continue reading Sibling Revelry: Looking for Me Review

middle grade, Verse Novel

Vietnam in Verse: Inside Out and Back Again

  I love free verse narratives. There is magic in the simplicity and compression of the form and an elegance to the language that you don't always find in prose. So when this ARC arrived, a first person narrative about a young girl fleeing Vietnam and settling in the US, as told through free verse, I snatched… Continue reading Vietnam in Verse: Inside Out and Back Again

Award Winners, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Uncategorized, Verse Novel

To Cuba, With Love: The Surrender Tree

Every once in awhile, I just want to read something that is beautiful. I don't need plot, character, suspense, or action; I just want beautiful words and beautiful imagery. I was in this kind of mood when I took home the mulit-award winning The Surrender Tree by Cuban-American poet Margarita Engle. This book is told… Continue reading To Cuba, With Love: The Surrender Tree