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Verse novels are a contemporary genre combining the power of narrative with the rich, evocative language of verse or poetry.

A popular recent example was Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust, which won a Newbery Medal in 1998. Since then, many new titles have cropped up from authors such as Sonya Sones, Steven Herrick and Margaret Wild.

Although the narrative structure of a verse novel is similar to that of a novella, the organisation of the story is usually in a series of short sections, often with changing perspectives. Verse novels are often told with multiple narrators, providing readers with a cinematic view into the inner workings of the characters' minds. Some verse novels employ an informal, colloquial register. Yevgeny Onegin by Pushkin is a classical case.

Other recent examples of verse novels include:

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