Teen Novels in Verse

April is National Poetry Month! Check out the list below of some amazing novels in verse to get you started celebrating all things poetry!

AudaciousAudacious by Gabrielle Prendergast

YA PRENDERGAST, G.

Sixteen-year-old Raphaelle says the wrong thing, antagonizes the wrong people and has the wrong attitude. She can’t do anything right except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to make a new start. Reborn as “Ella,” she tries to fit in at her new school. She’s drawn to Samir, a Muslim boy in her art class, and expresses her confused feelings in explicit art. When a classmate texts a photo of Ella’s art to a younger friend, the fallout spreads throughout Ella’s life, threatening to destroy her already-fragile family.

LiesKnivesLies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

YA KOERTGE, R.

Free-verse reveals true stories behind well-known fairy tales, some reset in modern times, as a strung-out match girl sells CDs to drug users, Little Red Riding Hood admits that she wanted to know what it is like to be swallowed whole, and Cinderella’s stepsisters are duped.

TwoGirlsStaringCeilingTwo Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank

YA FRANK, L.

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

NixMinusOneNix Minus One by Jill MacLean

YA MACLEAN, J.

More skilled at woodworking than communicating, Nix Humbolt seeks the words to deal with high school expectations, his extroverted sister, and his neighbor’s neglected dog.

HiddenHidden by Helen Frost

YA FROST, H.

When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra’s father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.

tiltTilt by Ellen Hopkins

YA HOPKINS, E.

Three teens, connected by their parents’ bad choices, tell in their own voices of their lives and loves as Shane finds his first boyfriend, Mikayla discovers that love can be pushed too far, and Harley loses herself in her quest for new experiences.

KissBrokenGlassKiss of Broken Glass by by Madeleine Kuderick

YA KUDERICK, M.

A tale told through evocative verse chronicles a mandatory seventy-two-hour psychiatric evaluation of a teen who has been caught cutting herself in an effort to feel alive.

AndWeStayAnd We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

YA HUBBARD, J.

Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.

formerlysharkgirlFormerly Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

YA BINGHAM, K.

Surviving a shark attack that cost her an arm, Jane, an aspiring artist, reevaluates her ambitions and sense of identity while harboring a crush on her attractive tutor and considering a relationship with a boy from her science class.

LanguageInsideThe Language Inside by Holly Thompson

YA THOMPSON, H.

Raised in Japan, American-born tenth-grader Emma is disconcerted by a move to Massachusetts for her mother’s breast cancer treatment, because half of Emma’s heart remains with her friends recovering from the tsunami.

MyBookLifeMy Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt

YA LEAVITT, M.

16-year-old Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution in which she is caught.

GoodBraiderThe Good Braider by Terry Farish

YA FARISH, T.

Follows Viola as she survives brutality in war-torn Sudan, makes a perilous journey, lives as a refugee in Egypt, and finally reaches Portland, Maine, where her quest for freedom and security is hampered by memories of past horrors and the traditions her mother and other Sudanese adults hold dear. Includes historical facts and a map of Sudan.

SoundLettingGoThe Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

YA KEHOE, S.

At seventeen, Daisy feels imprisoned by her brother Steven’s autism and its effects and 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.