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FOREIGN EXCHANGE – A MYSTERY IN POEMS by Mel Glenn

Posted in reviewku: plunder, middle grade, reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all)

CITY/COUNTRY, BLACK/WHITE, WHO DID WHAT AND WHY?

City boy.  Local

girl. Murder.  Accusations.

Color barriers.

 

Nitty Gritty:

Middle grade / YA (grades 6-10)

Verse novel

Multiple POV – all first person – most present tense

Free verse poetic format

Mystery / realistic fiction

City and country settings on facing pages

Parallel poetic forms on facing pages

Similarities and differences in setting, form, voice, plot explored, compared, contrasted

Newspaper clippings used as visual aid and plot device

Voices include characters – named and unnamed – and inanimate objects such as the town clinic.

Forms and perspectives combine to create plot arc

Variety of distinct voices blend together – distinct but complementary

Main plot — murder of a local girl, Kristen Clarke

Prologue develops immediate reader connection to the victim

Verse thoughts of victim show readers that she was not a perfect pretty girl or a stuck up one or a sweet little daughter (as she is portrayed in other characters verse thoughts)

Multiple viewpoints vary pace, intensity and emotion