The novel in verse form offers the generous white space, short lines, and conversational tone that young readers who are still developing their comprehension expertise find helpful. For kids in the intermediate grades (grades 4, 5, 6), these sample verse novels offer younger protagonists and problems and issues that are relevant and interesting.
The list begins:
Bryant, Jen. 2006. Pieces of Georgia. New York: Knopf.
Cheng, Andrea. 2008. Where the Steps Were. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
Creech, Sharon. 2001. Love That Dog. New York: HarperCollins.
Crist-Evans, Craig. 1999. Moon Over Tennessee: A Boy’s Civil War Journal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Durango, Julia. 2011. Under the Mambo Moon. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
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