Novels in Verse
In the past several years, a new format of novel has grown in popularity — the novel in verse. Largely for the tween and young teen audience, the plots can be as varied as prose. Here are some of the best from the last few years.
Pieces of Georgia
Age Level: 9-12
This slight novel tells of near 13-year-old Georgia, still grieving the loss of her mother six years before. An anonymous benefactor gives her a museum membership, hoping that her love of art will be the cure for her sadness. Georgia's own journal entries are composed in free verse.
Age Level: 14-16
At-risk teenagers congregate at a safe house, and we gradually learn what brought each of them there—an unplanned pregnancy, harassment about sexual orientation, and an unloving foster parent. A complicated poetic format (sestinas) doesn't make for a complicated read—the plot is equal to the poetry.
Age Level: 14-16
Damien, the star of the basketball team is headed to college. Junice is trying to hold her family together after tragedy. When these two meet, there is nothing but love, even if Damien's parents are less than thrilled with his choice. As the drama unfolds, each character tells his/her story through verse, leaving the reader to wonder if Damien and Junice be able to rise above the adversity that surrounds them.
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
Age Level: 12-14
When Ruby's mother dies, she must move to California to live with her movie-star father, who she doesn't really know. Though, she's determined to hate her rich famous father and she misses her old life in Boston, she comes to accept her new life.