Thursday, June 23, 2011

Book Review: The Taking of Room 114

The Taking of Room 114 by Mel Glenn
3 of 5 stars

This is a nice quick read, that I'd recommend to reluctant teen readers as an example of poetry as a story telling device. A history teacher takes his class hostage with a gun, and Glenn gives us multiple perspectives of the incident. The verse format allows us to hear distinct voices as we briefly see each student grow up in high school, and see the state of mind they find themselves in that day. We see the reactions of the police, parents, and the media. He also makes some fun use of concrete poems.

Glenn manages to build a decent amount of tension before wrapping his story to a close. Recommended.

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