- Chaltas, Thalia. 2011. Displacement. Viking.
- Engle, Margarita. 2011. Hurricane Dancers; The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck. Henry Holt.
- Frost, Helen. 2011. Hidden. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
- Grimes, Nikki. 2011. Planet Middle School. Bloomsbury.
- Herrera, Juan Felipe. 2011. Skate Fate. HarperCollins.
- Hopkins, Ellen. 2011. Perfect. Margaret K. McElderry.
- Howe, James. 2011. Addie on the Inside. Atheneum.
- Janeczko, Paul B. 2011. Requiem; Poems of the Terezín Ghetto. Candlewick.
- Kehoe, Stasia Ward. 2011. Audition. Viking.
- Lai, Thanhha. 2011. Inside Out and Back Again. HarperCollins.
- Marcus, Kimberly. 2011. exposed. Random House.
- McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. 2011. Under the Mesquite. Lee & Low.
- Ostlere, Cathy. 2011. Karma. Razorbill.
- Ostow, Micol. 2011. family. Egmont.
- Porter, Pamela. 2011. I'll Be Watching. Groundwood.
- Saller, Carol Fisher. 2011. Eddie's War. Namelos.
- Schroeder, Lisa. 2011. The Day Before. Simon & Schuster.
- Shahan, Sherry. 2011. Purple Daze. Running Press Kids.
- Thompson, Holly. 2011. Orchards. Random House.
- Van Cleave, Ryan G. 2011. Unlocked. Walker.
- Weber, Lori. 2011. Yellow Mini. Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
- Wolf, Allan. 2011. The Watch That Ends the Night; Voices from the Titanic. Candlewick.
I was also interested to learn about a new resource on verse novels developed by Stephen James in Australia. It’s the YARR-A website website with an extensive list of verse novels from around the world featuring information, synopses, and reviews when available of verse novels for teenagers and children. Cool, huh? One of my favorite verse novelists is Steven Herrick—who hails from Australia.
For another treat, check out this interview with award-winning author and poet Margarita Engle. The video was created by Colorín Colorado, the bilingual branch of public television's Reading Rainbow.
Finally, another of my (U.S.) favorites, Sonya Sones, has launched a new blog. She started off writing about how it feels when your child goes off to college hoping to help mothers whose kids are leaving for school this fall feel a little less alone… Her latest novel in verse (for adults) is about this very topic and is so honest, hilarious, and engaging: The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus. Her most recent posts have included terrific quotes and personal anecdotes about writing banned books. Check it out: Sonya's blog.
Image credit: Sonya Sones
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