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Exceptional Kids' Novels in Verse (By Helen Kubiw)
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Exceptional Kids' Novels in Verse (By Helen Kubiw)

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Is it poetry, or prose in verse, or a free verse novel, or a novel in verse? All epithets have been used for the novel-length stories told in verse form. Writing a book is challenge enough, but to write it in verse, rhyming or not, seems almost inexecutable. Luckily, several authors have found their voices in this writing style and they are exceptionally skilled at it. Judging by the awards bestowed upon the ten books in this list and the young readers of both genders who consume these stories voraciously, it is a style that has a solid foothold in kidsCanLit.
The Crazy Man

The Crazy Man

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After twelve-year-old Em loses her right foot in a farming accident, her father blames himself and ultimately leaves. Her mother enlists the help of Angus, a quiet, hard-working man from the local mental hospital, to help with the farm. While dealing with her own disability, and desperately trying to find her father, Em witnesses how prejudice and abuse, particularly that levelled against Angus, has its roots in fear.
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Zorgamazoo
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On the run from her wicked guardian, Katrina Katrell meets Morty the Zorgle who is looking for all the missing Zorgles. Together Katrina and Morty look to save the mythical creatures from the evil Dulbert Hohummer III of the planet Graybalon-Four.
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Libertad
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Libertad tells the painful yet hopeful story of a family struggling to survive in a garbage dump in Guatemala City. After the tragic death of their mother, Libertad and his brother Julio realize they cannot stay in the dump, and they begin an incredible journey to find their father in the U.S.
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The Apprentice's Masterpiece

The Apprentice's Masterpiece

A Story of Medieval Spain
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In fifteenth century Spain, the Benvenistes, a family of conversos (Jews who converted to Christianity) must keep their secrets well once Queen Isabella comes to power and imposes her intolerance on the country. After Amir, a young man in Muslim attire, is welcomed by the family, shocking events, including the Spanish Inquisition, transpire to divide and destroy the family.
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I'll Be Watching

I'll Be Watching

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In 1940’s Saskatchewan, the Loney family endures hardship upon hardship. Their mother, Margaret, has passed on; their dad, George, drinks and remarries bitter and self-righteous Effie Slade; eldest son, Ran, enlists in the military to make some money for the family which disappears repeatedly in the mail; and fourteen-year-old Nora is ultimately left in charge of her younger brother with little money for lights, heat or food.
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Burn
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When Casey's mom leaves to go on the road and perform as she did before she settled down with John and had Ginny, Casey's autistic sister, Casey is overwhelmed by what she must endure, virtually alone: John’s despair, heartless bullying, Ginny’s special needs, and her own need to connect with her mom again. Sadly, the concept of smoke signals, familiar from childhood, becomes one of her choices to amend her life.
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