Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 269-283

First online:

The Verse-novel: A New Genre

  • Joy Alexander

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This article examines the verse-novel, a genre that has gained some prominence in children’s fiction in the last ten years. Reasons why this may be so are suggested and the chief evolving characteristics of the genre in both content and style are discussed. Notable examples of the verse-novel from Australia, the USA and the UK are analysed. Criteria are proposed by which the form can be evaluated. It appears to be a genre whose time has come.


Genre verse-novel orality voice