In the Key of Code

by Aimee Lucido reviewed by Mia Macrossan This debut novel combines computers, music and poetry into an original package for young middle grade readers. Told in verse that often roams across the page, takes over, dominates or quivers in a corner, this story is about developing friendships in a new home and finding your own … Continue reading In the Key of Code

New Reading List – Verse Novels

Verse novels have seen a resurgence in the last couple of years with several new writers choosing to write in verse and winning awards and prizes for their work. While previously novels written in verse were perhaps for a niche readership Sharon Kernot's The Art of Taxidermy, Sarah Crossan's Toffee and Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet … Continue reading New Reading List – Verse Novels

Leave Taking

by Lorraine Marwood illustrated by Peter Carnavas reviewed by Danielle Freeland Lorraine Marwood has delivered something very special in this verse novel. When Toby’s parents decide to pack up and leave their family’s farm to start again after the death of their only daughter, Leah. Toby doesn’t want to go.  His sadness for Leah turns … Continue reading Leave Taking