Novels In Verse


Adoff, Jaime
Death of Jayson Porter
JUV A2438.d YA
In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.  2008.

Clark, Elizabeth
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Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.  2013.

Crowder, Melanie
JUV C88198.s YA
"A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York."-- Provided by publisher.  2015

Herrick, Steven
Cold Skin
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In a rural Australian coal mining town shortly after World War II, teenaged Eddie makes a startling discovery when he investigates the murder of a local high school girl.  2009.

Herrick, Steven
Love, Ghosts and Facial Hair
JUV H4384.l YA
Told in lyrical free verse, sixteen-year-old Jack woos beautiful Annabel, and through their relationship, copes with his mother's death.  2004.

Herrick, Steven
A Place Like This
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In this free-verse novel, sixteen-year-old Jack and Annabel hit the road where they find fifty acres of unpicked apples and a farmer who lets them live in his shed while they search for their own identities.  2004.

Hopkins, Ellen
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Written in free verse, explores how three teenagers try to cope with the consequences of their mother's addiction to crystal meth and its effects on their lives.  2013.

Hopkins, Ellen
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.  2007.

Koertge, Ron
Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses
JUV K8189.l YA
Free-verse reveals true stories behind well-known fairy tales, some reset in modern times, as a strung-out match girl sells CDs to drug users, Little Red Riding Hood admits that she wanted to know what it is like to be swallowed whole, and Cinderella's stepsisters are duped.  2012.

Koertge, Ron
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs
JUV K8189.s YA
Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland, poet and first baseman, is torn between his cute girlfriend Mira and Amy, who is funny, plays Chopin on the piano, and is also a poet.  2010.

Leavitt, Martine
My Book of Life By Angel
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"16-year-old Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution in which she is caught."-- Provided by publisher.  2012.

McCormack, Patricia
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Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.  2006.

Nagai, Mariko
Dust of Eden
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Thirteen-year-old Mina Tagawa and her Japanese-American family are forced to evacuate their Seattle home and are relocated to an internment camp in Idaho, where they live for three years"-- Provided by publisher.  2014.

Nelson, Marilyn
American Ace
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Sixteen-year-old Connor tries to help his severely depressed father, who learned upon his mother's death that Nonno was not his biological father, by doing research that reveals Dad's father was probably a Tuskegee Airman Connor's grandmother left his dad a letter when she died, and her confession shook their tight-knit Italian-American family: the man who raised Dad was not his birth father. The only clues to this birth father's identity are a class ring and a pair of pilot's wings, and Connor takes it upon himself to investigate. The pursuit becomes even more pressing when Dad is hospitalized after a stroke. What Connor discovers will lead him and his father to a new, richer understanding of race, identity, and each other.  2016.

Schroeder, Lisa
Chasing Brooklyn
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As teenagers Brooklyn and Nico work to help each other recover from the deaths of Brooklyn's boyfriend--Nico's brother Lucca--and their friend Gabe, the two begin to rediscover their passion for life, and a newly blossoming passion for one another.  2010.

Thompson, Holly
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Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate's suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.  2011.

Wolff, Virginia
Make Lemonade (Make Lemonade Trilogy bk 1)
In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.  1993.