Wednesday, July 18, 2012

100 Books in 2012: Book 61 "Wicked Girls"

I picked up this novel about the Salem witch trials by Stephanie Hemphill based on topic alone, but when I cracked it open, I discovered a novel in verse.  I LOVE novels told in verse, and I very happily settled in with this one.

Although the story of the trials in 1692 is well known, this novel explores the happening in Salem through the POVs of the primary accusers: girls between the ages of 12 and 17.  Hemphill plays up the peer pressure aspect, reminding readers that groups of girls can be unspeakably cruel, and that it is hard to give up popularity by making the right choice.  The narrative was fresh and quick, and I liked the distinct motivations that each girl brought to her accusations: in this rendering, it was more than just a land grab.

What other novels in verse can you recommend?  Every time I find one, I get excited, and I'm always looking for more of this marginal genre.


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