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Novels in Verse

A new form of novel has become popular — the novel told in verse or free-form poetry. Appealing to tweens and young teens, the plots are rich and varied. Here are some of our favorites.

The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry
Published:
2018
Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2017
The Crossover

The Crossover

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry
Published:
2014
Booked

Booked

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry
Published:
2016
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba

The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba

Margarita Engle
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction, Poetry
Published:
2010

Shark Girl

Kelly Bingham
Age Level:
Middle Grade

Sharp Teeth

Kelly Bingham
Age Level:
Adult
Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant

Pieces of Georgia

Jen Bryant
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2006
Splintering

Splintering

Eireann Corrigan
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry
Published:
2004
Keesha's House

Keesha’s House

Helen Frost
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry
Published:
2007
CrashBoomLove

CrashBoomLove

Juan Felipe Herrera
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry
Published:
1999
Crank

Crank

Ellen Hopkins
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2004
street love

Street Love

Walter Dean Myers
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry, Romance
Published:
2007
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

Sonya Sones
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2004
Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

Tanya Lee Stone
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Romance
Published:
2007
Make Lemonade

Make Lemonade

Virginia Euwer Woolf
Age Level:
Middle Grade