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Reviewku: Plunder! Young Adult Fiction

REVIEWKU is collection of book reviews written in with the syllabic rules of Haiku (5/7/5 syllables per line), followed by “Nitty Gritty” book specific details including but not limited to: age range, genre, point of view (POV), theme, style, voice, setting. From pirates to mermaids to boats to ships to oceans to lakes to shores… enjoy these Pirate Reviewkus, mateys!
 

•  This page features Reviewkus of the PLUNDER! (Pirate! Poetry! Everything else!) nature in the category YOUNG ADULT FICTION.  


 

TRUE BELIEVER (MAKE LEMONADE, BOOK 2) by Virginia Euer Wolff

Posted by on 5:11 am in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

WHAT DO I REALLY BELIEVE? WHAT DO YOU?

Moving down the page.

White space. Word count. Belief. Doubt.

Fifteen year old flux.

 

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MY BOOK OF LIFE by Martine Leavitt

Posted by on 3:34 am in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

LOST PARADISE

Secrets, lies. Love, God.

Running, hiding, found. Control,

choices. Search, survive.

 

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LIES, KNIVES AND GIRLS IN RED DRESSES by Ron Koertge, illustrated by Andrea Dezso

Posted by on 3:25 am in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

FAIRY TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE

Opinions, background

voices, motivations, side

stories, new truths told.

 

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THE 13 1/2 LIVES OF CAPTAIN BLUEBEAR by Walter Moers

Posted by on 4:20 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction | 0 comments

HALF-LIFE BLUE-FURRED SEMI-GRAPHIC STORIES

Sea bear spinning tales –

Fable, Bible, Gulliver.

Cartoons. Challenges.

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THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS by Gideon Defoe (2004)

Posted by on 11:56 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction | 0 comments

BEYOND BLACKBEARD

Hapless and helpful.

Honey-glazed ham connoisseur.

Ironic pirates.

 

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A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL by Tanya Lee Stone

Posted by on 2:41 am in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

HE MAY LOOK GOOD, BUT WAIT…

Three girls, three stories

three voices sob one story.

One boy devastates.

 

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CRANK by Ellen Hopkins

Posted by on 3:36 am in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

BURNING AT BOTH ENDS

Crystal meth brings Bree

out from Kristina.  Daddy

sets bad example

 

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EXPOSED by Kimberly Marcus

Posted by on 3:28 am in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

I CAN’T DO WHAT I WON’T DO IF IT ISN’T TRUE…OR IS IT?

Out of focus.  Blurred.

Where did the truth go?  What do

I do now?  And how?

 

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FOREIGN EXCHANGE – A MYSTERY IN POEMS by Mel Glenn

Posted by on 3:43 am in reviewku: plunder, middle grade, reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

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

 

FORTUNES BONES – THE MANUMISSION REQUIEM by Marilyn Nelson with notes and annotations by Pamela Espeland

Posted by on 3:18 am in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

MANUMISSION REQUIEM

History in verse.

Chorus of voices – grief, joy –

Wrongs that teach us right.

 

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