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  • September 23rd, 2009 | 7:23 PM
Looking for books with varied structure

Can anyone point me to some titles of books that instead of being just straight chapters have other things, like notes, diary entries, etc in-between the chapters? Thanks in advance. YA or MG, both will work.
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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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September 24th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
The Anastasia books by Lois Lowry often used this, and it was very amusing. :-)
September 24th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Thanks, Phoebe. Totally forgot that.
September 24th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm
September 24th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Oh and I can't believe I haven't read this one yet. It's been on my list but fell through the cracks. Thanks, Lisa.
September 24th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
Each Little Bird that Sings has Comfort Snowberger's "Life Notices." A wonderful book!
September 24th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
Ooh, and that one is on my shelf. Thanks for the reminder.
September 24th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
And then there's the hugely popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Practically no straight writing in there. MG boys adore them for some reason.
September 24th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Christine. I have yet to read one of those but you're right, very popular.
September 24th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
Not MG or YA, but "Carrie" and "Dracula" both come to mind.
September 24th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Really? Will have to go to the library and check them out. Thanks.
September 24th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
Patricia Wrede/Caroline Stevemer, Sorcery & Cecilia, or, the Enchanted Chocolate Pot, was originally written as a "letter game." The letter game is when you and your friend assume personae and write letters to each other under those personae. (I had a friend in junior high with whom I did this, carrying on a torrid on-again, off-again affair between the Sherrif of Nottingham and a female associate of Robin Hood; we weren't sophisticated enough to come up with a Sherrif/Merry Man romance.) Usually they get silly and dribble off quickly, but they found themselves creating a complex interwoven story, a fantasy Regency romance, and now it's a book with sequels in similar format.

September 24th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
I'm almost embarrassed to suggest these, but The Babysitter's Club series. :-) Each chapter begins with a diary entry or letter.
September 24th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
That's weird. I asked that same question a few years back. And the book I wrote is being published in 2011.

David Lubar's True Talents does. I'll try to remember the others.
September 24th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
The Center of the Universe: Yep, That Would Be Me by Anita Liberty. Written in 1st/present. Diary format with poems at start of chaps. YA contemporary.
September 24th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
"The Dust of 100 Dogs" by A.S.King has tips on the does and don'ts of raising a puppy (because the MC spent 100 lives as a dog) in between some chapters.
September 24th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
The YA novel Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty is all notes and diary entries and lists, etc. I love this book.
September 25th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a mix of novel, tv script, and diary.

Linda Sue Park.... darn it, now I can't remember the name of it! The one with-- Project Mulberry! That's it. Park has "conversations" with her main character in between the chapters. Reminds me a little of your letters to FlyBoy.
September 25th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
book written with unique structure
Your own, Sylvia : a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath / by Stephanie Hemphill, a YA book written in various forms of poetry that reads like a biography of Sylvia Plath. It is lovely!

Lisa in Little Rock

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