Books for Tweens and Teens: Two Novels in (Supposed) Verse
On my worktable I have two novels. Open each and you’ll see line breaks, ragged margins, the form of poetry. But after reading both I wonder, are they truly in verse? Does the poetic form fit both novels equally well in terms of voice, use of language, and creation of vivid moments? Is the poetic form necessary for both books, and if not, why? The first novel you’ll find on my worktable is Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. The second is True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff.