10 New Teen Novels in Verse

UpFromSea

Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

YA LOWITZ, L.

A novel in verse about the March 2011 tsunami that sent Japan into chaos, told from the point-of-view of Kai, a biracial teenage boy.

AmericanAce

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson

YA NELSON, M.

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.
5to1

5 to 1: a novel by Holly Bodger

YA SF BODGER, H.

In a dystopian future where gender selection has led to [boys outnumbering girls] 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.

Skyscraping book cover

Skyscraping: a novel by Cordelia Jensen

YA JENSEN, C.

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

DatingDown

Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons

YA LYONS, S.

Seventeen-year-old aspiring artist Samantha Henderson, eager to learn about life and to get away from her father’s political campaigns and her stepmother, refuses to give up on her new boyfriend, “X,” even after he proves to be trouble, damaging her friendships and introducing her to drugs.

audacity

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

YA CROWDER, M.

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.

Believarexic

Be·liev·a·rex·ic by J.J. Johnson

YA JOHNSON, J.

An autobiographical novel in which fifteen-year-old Jennifer Johnson convinces her parents to commit her to the Eating Disorders Unit of an upstate New York psychiatric hospital in 1988, where the treatment for her bulimia and anorexia is not what she expects.

PaperHearts

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

YA WIVIOTT, M.

Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that’s based on a true story.

HouseArrest

House Arrest by K.A. Holt

YA HOLT, K.

Young Timothy is sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, and he is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears, and frustrations.

OneCrossan
YA CROSSAN, S.
Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery. But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.