"Teachers and librarians will find Krok's resource highly useful."
"Recommended for anyone looking to diversify collections, learn more about novels in verse, or expand their use of poetry in the classroom or library."
"Celebrating the novel in verse, this book defines and explains its place and importance in the YA literary landscape. Offering multiple entry points for sharing, teaching, and exploring this accessible genre, Krok has created an essential tool for teachers and librarians looking to diversify their collections and deepen the reading experience of the students they serve. Brava!"
"Novels in Verse for Teens is a wonderful guide that should be used by ELA teachers and librarians everywhere! Lisa Krok highlights and showcases exemplary verse novels and provides activities that are sure to not only engage but also captivate students. I found this guidebook so appealing that I want to try some of Lisa's exercises myself...in fact I will surely be recommending it when I speak to writers about creating poetry and verse novels, because the activities are presented so insightfully that even adult writers will surely enjoy them. This book is for anyone interested in honing their craft by reading and learning from the wide variety of brilliant contemporary verse novels."
"This study of verse novels is a valuable classroom resource, loaded with an impressive level of educational information and many challenging activities. Highly recommended."
"Welcome to a riveting genre of teen reading—young-adult novels written in verse! Move the canon over to create space for fresh reading adventures. J.K. Rowling said "something very magical can happen when you read a good book." This genre, with its dramatically different look on the page and perspectives that sync with contemporary teen experience, is the subject of research-supported Novels in Verse for Teens. Bursting with innovative instruction, this is a must-have text for educators who live to invite all students to find themselves in the magic of good books."
"Lisa Krok gives us a wonderful overview and poetry handbook for YA in Novels in Verse for Teens: A Guidebook with Activities for Teachers and Librarians. She provides a strong research-based rationale for the value of sharing novels in verse with teens for providing unique and powerful perspectives, building newfound empathy, valuing diversity, and disrupting the canon in reaching marginalized and reluctant readers. Her reader's advisory component offers a rich annotated bibliography along with engaging activities to encourage critical reading, responding, and writing focused on poetic forms and educational standards. Krok addresses cataloging and shelving issues and provides selection criteria, searchable content tags, a glossary of poetic devices, and QR codes linked to additional resources. Her focus on access (white space) and voice (reader engagement) through poetry is a powerful, practical model of literacy building with teens."