THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY
April 12, 2016

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.

2 comments:

Edie Hemingway said...

Laura,
I have to mention that Ellen Hopkins is the SCBWI RA in Nevada, and I met her when I was at the LA conference. I keep hearing rave reviews about her books, but haven't had a chance to read her latest "Identical" yet. I've got it at the top of my list now!

Author Amok said...

Hi, Edie. "Identical" was for sale at Dodge. It looks very edgy (the jacket hinted at incest), as did all of Hopkins' books that were on sale.