Novels in Verse

Have you picked up your Bingo card yet?!?  If you have, you will notice that one of the bingo squares says "Read a Novel in Verse".  Here are a few suggestions for you so that you can cross off that square.

The Trial by Jen Bryant

Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

Beanball by Gene Fehler

Hidden by Helen Frost

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Shakespeare Bats Clean-Up by Ron Koertge

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Exposed by Kimberly Mecum

Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum

The Voyage of the Arctic Tern by Hugh Montgomery

Karma:  a novel in verse by Cathy Ostlere

May B by Caroline Starr Rose

What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonia Sones

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Unlocked by Ryan Van Cleave

The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff


Book Spotlight: Zombie Haiku

 Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
Book Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Sebastopol

What do you get when you combine Zombies with Poetry?!?  Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum.  Mecum creates a story told through haiku.  A Haiku is a poetry form that consists of “three simple lines composed of five syllables, ten seven syllables, and another line of five syllables”.  I wanted to keep reading because of how clever the haiku were even though I was extremely grossed out at the same time.  The story follows someone who gets bitten by a zombie and you see the transformation from human to monster.  When he is a zombie he is a monster, eating everyone and anyone, including his own mother.  Between the haiku and the pictures this book isn’t for the faint at heart.  Here are some examples of Mecum’s haiku:


“As I stumble out,

the sick people walk toward me

and I’m in trouble.


The only option

Is a nearby billboard sign,

which I quickly climb.


My town is broken.

From this view, I see the end.

Below, they gather.”  (page 19)


“Turning on her road

and seeing the porch light on

makes me salivate.


What is that low growl?

I look around and notice

That moaning is me.”  (page 37)