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Novels in Verse

Enjoy poetry and fiction? Try a novel in verse. These authors use the freedom of verse to tell their stories--there's nothing quite like it!


Keesha's House
Keesha's House

It's really Joe's house but Keesha, just a teen herself, helps other kids who have too many hurdles in their lives. However long they stay, they know they are safe here.


Bronx Masquerade
Bronx Masquerade

In a mix of poetry and prose Grimes gives voice to 18 urban teens, all looking for ways to survive and even thrive in a challenging world.


Addie on the Inside
Addie on the Inside

Outspoken thirteen-year-old Addie Carle learns about love, loss, and staying true to herself as she navigates seventh grade, enjoys a visit from her grandmother, fights with her boyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness from her former best friend.


Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup

Kevin is home with mononucleosis. That means a couple months of resting before he can go back to playing baseball, and baseball is his life. In the meantime, he starts to experiment with poetry.


Birdland
Birdland

Haunted by the death of his older brother, 14-year-old New York City-native Jed spends his winter break filming a documentary of his neighborhood as recorded in his brother's journals and poems.


You are Not Here
You are Not Here

In this novel written in verse, Annaleah grieves after her boyfriend Brian dies unexpectedly. Brian has kept their relationship hidden, and Annaleah must grieve alone, wondering what they might have had without the secrecy.


The Geography of Girlhood
The Geography of Girlhood

Penny has a crush on her sister's boyfriend, a friend who is acting weird and a new stepbrother. More than anything, she wanted to get out of her small town where "nothing ever happens / and if it does / all the things with wings / fly away."


One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

Ruby is determined not to like her "scumbag" dad, a famous actor. She's never even met him and now she's moving all the way to California to live with him-that's 3000 miles away from her best friend, Lizzie, and her boyfriend, Ray. And her dead mom's grave. She's fifteen, funny, and very feisty.


The Watch That Ends the Night : Voices From the Titanic
The Watch That Ends the Night : Voices From the Titanic

April 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the famous 'unsinkable ship.' This novel in verse is told from 24 perspectives, including a millionaire, refugee, and the iceberg itself.


Make Lemonade
Make Lemonade

Money for college is her motivating factor, but LaVauhghn falls in love with the kids she is babysitting. She becomes enmeshed the lives of her two little charges and their 17 year old mom, wanting to make things better for all of them.