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.
WHAT DO I REALLY BELIEVE? WHAT DO YOU?
Moving down the page.
White space. Word count. Belief. Doubt.
Fifteen year old flux.
Secrets, lies. Love, God.
Running, hiding, found. Control,
choices. Search, survive.
FAIRY TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE
voices, motivations, side
stories, new truths told.
HALF-LIFE BLUE-FURRED SEMI-GRAPHIC STORIES
Sea bear spinning tales –
Fable, Bible, Gulliver.
Hapless and helpful.
Honey-glazed ham connoisseur.
HE MAY LOOK GOOD, BUT WAIT…
Three girls, three stories
three voices sob one story.
One boy devastates.
BURNING AT BOTH ENDS
Crystal meth brings Bree
out from Kristina. Daddy
sets bad example
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?
CITY/COUNTRY, BLACK/WHITE, WHO DID WHAT AND WHY?
City boy. Local
girl. Murder. Accusations.
Middle grade / YA (grades 6-10)
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
History in verse.
Chorus of voices – grief, joy –
Wrongs that teach us right.