For February you will be reading one of these books written in verse. This Book Review will be due Feb 28, 2006.
  • The book review should include title (in italics) and the author's name.
  • The book review shall be typed. Use 12 point Times Roman, double space.
  • Heading:
    Your Name                      Date
    Class, Period                  Mr Nellen
                   Your Title
  • Your title should reflect the theme of your book review and may not be just the title of the book you read.
  • The book report shall be a minimum of 250 words.
  • Be sure to include quotes from the book to support your thesis of how the book tells you more about yourself. Provide at least two examples from the book to support your thesis.
  • The books you are reading are written as poems, not in the tradition prose style you may be accustomed to when you read a novel. These poetic novels use many poetic devices such as the metaphor. In this book review, I want you to discover the metaphors, discuss how the author uses them to explain a larger problem or situation. After you have defined the metaphor and shown the metaphors in the book discuss how you understand and relate to the metaphors of the book you read. Here is an outline of how the book review should be written:
      1. Introductory paragraph: Include title of book and author. Define metaphor and the nature of the book written in verse and not prose.
      2. Present a metaphor from the book and discuss the metaphor and why or why it is not relevant to you.
      3. Present a second metaphor from the book and discuss the metaphor and why or why it is not relevant to you.
      4. What metaphor would you use for your own life?
      5. Conclusion that sums up the power of the metaphor in the book and in your own life. Be sure to connect the book to your own life.
      Virginia Euwer, True believer
      Marilyn Nelson, Carver, A Life in Poems
      Nikki Grimes, Bronx Masquerade
      Lindsay Lee Johnson, Soul Moon Soup
      Lorie Ann Grover, Loose Threads
      Marlene Carvell, Who Will Tell My Brother?
      Ron Koertge, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
      Ron Koertge, The Brimstone Journals
      Mel Glenn, Split Image
      Helen Frost, Keesha's House
      Ann Turner, Learning to Swim
      Eireann Corrigan, You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir
      Sonya Sones, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
      Sonya Sones, What My Mother Doesn't know
      Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust
      Karen Hesse, Witness
      Cornelius Eady, Brutal Imagination: Poems
      Chris Lynch, Whitechurch
      Sharon Creech, Love That Dog
      Jacqueline Woodson, Locomotion
      Virginia Euwer Wolff, Make Lemonade