Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 5¾ x 9
978-1-4422-7244-6 • Hardback • November 2016 • $83.00 • (£64.00)
978-1-4422-7245-3 • eBook • November 2016 • $78.50 • (£60.00)
Brenna Friesner is children’s services librarian for the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio.
A valuable tool for extending readers’ experiences, Friesner’s guide introduces a succinct, lyrical genre that employs the power of poetry…. [T]he handbook encompasses an array of choices, settings, and characters…. By citing appealing works…she provides librarians and educators with titles to awaken readers to a fictional subgenre certain to intrigue the adventuresome. A chapter on poetry in the curriculum informs teachers, librarians, and homeschooling parents of booklists augmented beyond the standard canon. Meticulously outlined and indexed, this work belongs on the professional shelves of school and public libraries and in the curriculum advisories of education courses.
The Verse Novel in Young Adult Literature by Brenna Friesner is a unique professional resource that both teachers and librarians will find useful for reader’s advisory. . . .The resource includes interviews with a variety of authors regarding their experiences and insights into writing a verse novel. This is a great professional resource for both librarians and teachers alike.
— American Reference Books Annual
The book will best serve as a reader's advisory tool. It offers a look into this smaller sub-form of young adult literature and gives the reader a summary of suggested reading material by an author who is passionate about the genre. As a resource for learning about the background of the genre, it offers a succinct and all-encompassing view of the form and is very readable. It would serve relatively well as an addition to a public library's reference collection....
— Reference Reviews