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Novels in Verse


Heppermann, Christine.
Ask me how I got here

Addie has always been running-- until she gets pregnant and makes a choice.

Bodger, Holly.
5 to 1

"In a dystopian future where gender selection has led to girls outnumbering boys 5 to 1 marriage is arranged based on a series of tests. It's Sudasa's turn to pick a husband through this 'fair' method, but she's not sure she wants to be a part of it"

Pignat, Caroline.
The gospel truth

Phoebe is a 16 year old slave girl living on a Virginia plantation in the 1850s, when the plantation is visited by an abolitionist who poses as a birdwatcher. Phoebe comes to realize that she has a chance to risk escape along the route of the Underground Railroad. Based on the real life Alexander Milton Ross, a.k.a. the Birdman.

Choyce, Lesley
Closing down heaven

Sixteen-year-old Hunter has no real purpose until he crashes his bicycle and dies. It is only when Hunter must navigate heaven that he discovers the value of life.

Hopkins, Ellen.
The you I've never known

With both joy and fear, seventeen-year-old Ariel begins to explore her sexuality, while living with her controlling, abusive father who has told Ariel that her mother deserted her years ago.

Powell, Patricia Hruby
Loving vs. Virginia

Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Viriginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.

Sones, Sonya.
Saving red

Right before winter break, fourteen-year-old Molly Rosenberg reluctantly volunteers to participate in Santa Monica’s annual homeless count, just to get her school’s community service requirement out of the way. But when she ends up meeting Red, a spirited homeless girl only a few years older than she is, Molly makes it her mission to reunite her with her family in time for Christmas.

Brown, Skila.
To stay alive

A young survivor of the tragic Donner Party of 1846 describes how her family and others became victims of freezing temperatures and starvation.

Prendergast, Gabrielle.

Sixteen-year-old Raphaelle tends to say the wrong thing, antagonizes the wrong people and has the wrong attitude. She doesn't seem to do anything right except draw, but then, she draws the wrong pictures. Told entirely in verse, Audacious is a bold and humorous portrait of a girl who embodies the word 'audacity'.

Weber, Lori
Yellow mini

A powerful free-verse novel that intertwines the coming-of-age stories of five teens and their relationships with each other, their parents, and themselves.

Sones, Sonya.
To be perfectly honest

Fifteen-year-old Colette is a compulsive liar spending a miserable summer in San Luis Obispo, California, babysitting her seven-year-old brother while her famous mother shoots a movie, but things look up when Connor enters the scene.

Frank, Lucy.
Two girls staring at the ceiling

In this novel in verse, two very different girls bond while hospitalized for Crohn's disease.

Stone, Tanya Lee.
A bad boy can be good for a girl

Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy-a cool, slick, sexy boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants. In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself.

Venkatraman, Padma.
A time to dance

In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.

Hopkins, Ellen.

Five troubled teenagers fall into prostitution as they search for freedom, safety, community, family, and love.

Chaltas, Thalia.
Because I am furniture

The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.

Levithan, David.
The realm of possibility

A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories.

Thompson, Holly.

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.

Hemphill, Stephanie.
Wicked girls

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692--Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

Williams, Carol Lynch.

Living with their mother who earns money as a prostitute, two sisters take care of each other and when the older one attempts suicide, the younger one tries to uncover the reason.

Sandell, Lisa Ann.
Song of the sparrow

The year is 490 AD. Fiery 16-year-old Elaine of Ascolat, the daughter of one of King Arthur's supporters, lives with her father on Arthur's base camp, the sole girl in a militaristic world of men. Elaine cannot tell anyone her deepest secret: She is in love with Lancelot, Arthur's second-in-command. And when the lovely Gwynivere joins their world, Elaine is confronted with startling emotions of jealousy and rivalry.

Schroeder, Lisa.
Chasing Brooklyn

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.