Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Amok in Revisions
Finished the rough draft of my middle grade novel in verse today! Thirty fifth graders. Thirty voices. Thirty poetic stories to tell. More on the novel in verse form later. (I need to go lie down and eat some chocolate for a while before I think about revisions. I need to walk the dog. I need to fight the urge to start working on revisions right now.) In the meantime, on my reading and re-reading list are these novels in verse: Love That Dog, Sharon Creech The Trial (and anything else by), Jen Bryant Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?, Mel Glenn God Went to Beauty School, Cynthia Rylant Good Masters, Sweet Ladies, Laura Amy Schlitz At the Dodge Festival, Borders was selling only one YA author who does novels in verse, Ellen Hopkins. When I talked with agent Stephen Barbara at the Westminster, MD SCBWI about novels in verse for kids, he mentioned Hopkins. I haven't read any of her books. Have you? Let me know what you thought.