The novel in verse format offers an engaging story told through entries, vignettes, and dialogue in poem form and the addition of an historical context can add another layer of interest. Many verse novels use a setting in the past very effectively for both factual (biographical) and fictional stories. Such works can lend themselves to the study of history or social studies as well as be meaningful reading on their own.
The list begins:
Atkins, Jeannine. 2010. Borrowed Names; Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters. New York: Holt.
Bryant, Jen. 2008. Ringside 1925; Views From the Scopes Trial. New York: Knopf.
Bryant, Jen. 2009. Kaleidoscope Eyes. New York: Knopf.
Engle, Margarita. 2010. The Firefly Letters; A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba. New York: Holt.
Grimes, Nikki. 2005. Dark Sons. New York: Hyperion.
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