Novels in “Verse” (Teen)

Alexander, Kwame.  The Crossover: A Basketball Novel.  Y FIC Alexander
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Bingham, Kelly.  Shark Girl.  Y FIC Bingham
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

Cameron, Emma.  Out of this Place.  Y FIC Cameron
Follows three teens who struggle with hardscrabble realities, from Luke, who works at the local supermarket and tries to stay out of trouble; to Bongo, who drinks to avoid his abusive family; to Casey, who longs to escape her controlling father.

Cormier, Robert.   Frenchtown Summer.   Y FIC Cormier
A series of vignettes in free verse in which the writer reminisces about his life as a twelve-year-old boy living in a small town during the hot summer of 1938.

Crossan, Sarah.  The Weight of Water.  Y FIC Crossan
Twelve-year-old Kasienka and her mother have immigrated to Coventry, England from Poland, searching for Kasienka’s father, but everyone is unfriendly except for an African neighbor and a boy Kasienka meets at the swimming pool, which is her only refuge from an alien society.

Fields,  Terri.  After the Death of Anna Gonzales.  Y FIC Fields
Poems written in the voices of forty-seven people, including students, teachers, and other school staff, record the aftermath of a high school student’s suicide and the preoccupations of teen life.

Fullerton, Alma.   Walking on Glass.  Y Fic Fullerton
A teenage boy recounts, in a free verse journal, his attempts to come to terms with the realities of his mother’s near-death coma.

Herrera, Juan Felipe.  Skatefate.  Y FIC Herrera
Lucky Z, a Chicano foster child, loved living on the edge until a drag racing accident left him in a wheelchair, but as he struggles to find his place in a new high school, he begins writing poetry everywhere about anything, and in finding his voice he also discovers the beauty around him.

Hesse, Karen.  Out of the Dust.   Y FIC Hesse // Y PB H
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Hesse, Karen.  Witness.  Y FIC Hesse
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

Hopkins, Ellen.  Perfect.  Y FIC Hopkins
Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre, tell in their own voices of their very different paths toward perfection and how their goals change when tragedy strikes.

Jaskulka, Marie.  The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy.  Y FIC Jaskulka
As her parents’ marriage falls apart, a girl whose poetry writing helps her survive meets a boy with family troubles of his own who has also turned to poetry, but their growing relationship eventually takes a darker turn, in a novel in verse.

Jensen, Cordelia.  Skyscraping.  Y FIC Jensen
In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover. 

Kehoe, Stasia Ward.  Audition.  Y FIC Kehoe
When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange city with a host family, she’s deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem’s muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she’s chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more?

Kehoe, Stasia Ward.  The Sound of Letting Go.  Y FIC Kehoe
At seventeen, Daisy feels imprisoned by her brother Steven’s autism and its effects. Her only escape is through her trumpet into the world of jazz, but when her parents decide to send Steven to an institution she is not ready to let him go.

Koertge, Ron.  Shakespeare Bats Cleanup.  Y FIC Koertge (SERIES)
When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.  SEQUEL: Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs

LeZotte, Ann Clare.  T4.  Y FIC LeZotte
When the Nazi party takes control of Germany, thirteen-year-old Paula, who is deaf, finds her world-as-she-knows-it turned upside down, as she is taken into hiding to protect her from the new law nicknamed T4

Levithan, David.  The Realm of Possibility.  Y FIC Levithan
A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories.

Marcus, Kimberly.  Exposed.  Y FIC Marcus
High school senior Liz, a gifted photographer, can no longer see things clearly after her best friend accuses Liz’s older brother of a terrible crime.

Schroeder, Lisa.  The Day Before.  Y FIC Schroeder
Sixteen-year-old Amber, hoping to spend one perfect day alone at the beach before her world is turned upside down, meets and feels a strong connection to Cade, who is looking for his own escape, for a very different reason.

Schutz, Samantha.  You Are Not Here.  Y FIC Schutz
Annaleah’s grief over the tragic death of seventeen-year-old Brian is compounded by the fact that her friends did not like him, while his friends and both of their families knew nothing of their intimate relationship.

Sones, Sonya.  Stop Pretending : What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy.  Y FIC Sones
A younger sister has a difficult time adjusting to life after her older sister has a mental breakdown.

Sones, Sonya.  What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know.    Y FIC Sones
Sequel to: What my mother doesn’t know. Fourteen-year-old Robin Murphy is so unpopular at high school that his name is slang for “loser,” and so when he begins dating the beautiful and popular Sophie her reputation plummets, but he finds acceptance as a student in a drawing class at Harvard.

Sones, Sonya.  What My Mother Doesn’t Know.    Y FIC Sones
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.

Tregay, Sarah.  Love & Leftovers.  Y FIC Tregay
When her father starts dating a man, fifteen-year-old Marcie’s depressed mother takes her to New Hampshire but just as Marcie starts falling for a great guy her father brings her back to Iowa, where all of her relationships have become strained

Van Cleave, Ryan G.  Unlocked.  Y FIC Van Cleave
While trying to impress a beautiful, unattainable classmate, fourteen-year-old Andy discovers that a fellow social outcast may be planning an act of school violence.

Waylan, April Halprin.  Girl Coming in for a Landing : A Novel in Poems. Y FIC Waylan
A collection of over 100 poems recounting the ups and downs of one adolescent girl’s school year.

Wild, Margaret.  One Night.  Y FIC Wild
In this novel written in free verse and narrated by alternating characters, a teenaged girl decides to have her baby and care for it on her own after a “one night stand” results in pregnancy.

Wolff, Virginia Euwer.  Make Lemonade.   LT Y FIC Wolff
In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.

Wolff, V.E.  True Believer.  Y FIC Wolff
Living in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it–an occasion to rise to.

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