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T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte
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Jan 01, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: 4-6grade, historicalfiction
Read in December, 2008

I would not label this book as verse novel since I can't agree that the "poems" in the book count (for 90% of the time) as poetry. They are just chopped up lines. Is it an interesting historical topic and something that is worthy of writing about and worthy of letting young people know? You betcha! But if all the lines are compressed into short chapters/vignettes, we'll have even fewer pages than this slim-as-can-possibly-be book -- it is just a pamphlet. There are some imagined characters and a straightforward storyline. But there is little character development and almost no real tension or dramatic arc. So, my comments are all about what this title is not: It is NOT a Novel; it is NOT poetry; and it is NOT even a book.
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