When you first pick up a book in the Poetry Novels bin, you might be surprised by the text features–each page is a poem. Very quickly, readers learn that these poems all fit together and before long, the story takes over and the format is forgotten. Most readers discover they really enjoy novels in verse, and read them more quickly than they might other books.
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams, is a novel in verse that may take a bit longer. The cover, which shows two girls back to back, calf-deep in water, gives a hint of the storyline. Sisters Hope and Lizzie have always been close, but when Lizzie tries to take her own life and is put in a mental institution, Hope is shocked to her core. She cannot understand why Liz would try such a thing, and does everything possible–with little help from their mother– to discover how she can help Liz and prevent her from trying again. Glimpse is not a light read but a worthwhile one. You will think about the big ideas of this story long after you finish it. You can find Glimpse in New Arrivals, and eventually, in the poetry novels bin in Room 17.
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