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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.

 

Reading History Through Graphic Novels

Try out some of these graphic novels from the Teen collection, for a different way to read about history.

marchMarch. Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell

YA GRAPH 323.1196 LEW

A graphic novel trilogy co-authored by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell. March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

silvenceofourfriendsThe Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long & Jim Demonakos and art by Nate Powell

YA GRAPH 323.1196 LON

This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1968 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

 

LewisClarkLewis & Clark by Nick Bertozzi

YA GRAPH 917.8042 BER

Presents, in graphic novel format, the adventures of explorers Lewis and Clark during their journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean.

ShackeltonShackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi

YA GRAPH 919.8904 BER

Presents, in graphic novel format, the adventures of explorer Ernest Shackleton in the Antarctic.

 

AboveDreamlessDeadAbove the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics  edited by Chris Duffy

YA GRAPH 940.3 ABO

A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.

 

WWIWorld War One: 1914-1918: the War to End All Wars written by Alan Cowsill; illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma; inking by Jagdish Kumar; colorists, Pradeep Sherawat, Vijay Sharma

YA GRAPH 940.3 COW

It was the first major conflict of the 20th century, a war that devastated the whole of Europe and expanded across the entire globe, decimating a generation. From the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo to the armistice of 1918, World War One: 1914-1918 provides a complete overview of the war that shaped the modern world from the viewpoint of the servicemen who fought in it, creating a unique graphic novel history of one of the most destructive conflicts of all time.

 

BoxerThe Boxer by Reinhard Kleist

YA GRAPH 796.8309 HAFT, H.

Poland, 1941. Sixteen-year-old Harry Haft is sent to Auschwitz. When he is forced to fight against other inmates for the amusement of the SS officers, Haft shows extraordinary strength and courage, and a determination to survive. As the Soviet Army advances in April 1945, he makes a daring escape from the Nazis. After negotiating the turmoil of postwar Poland, Haft emigrates to the United States and establishes himself as a professional prizefighter, remaining undefeated until he faces heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in 1949. In The Boxer, Reinhard Kleist reveals another side to the steely Harry Haft: a man struggling to escape the memories of the fiancée he left behind in Poland. This is a powerful and moving graphic novel about love and the will to survive.

AuschwitzAuschwitz by Pascal Croci

YA GRAPH 940.5318 CRO

Using the fictional story of a couple named Kazik and Cessia who lose a daughter at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration camp and barely survive themselves, Pascal Croci depicts the horror and brutality of the Holocaust in grim, searing, black-and-white illustrations.

MausIMausIIMaus I and Maus II by Art Spielgelman

YA GRAPH 940.5318 SPI

A son struggles to come to terms with the horrific story of his parents and their experiences during the Holocaust and in postwar America.

by Max Brooks; illustrated by Caanan White

YA GRAPH 940.5403 BRO

This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One.

bombingnazigermanyBombing Nazi Germany: the Graphic History of the Allied Air Campaign that Defeated Hitler in World War II by Wayne Vansant

YA GRAPH 940.544 VAN

Bombing Nazi Germany tells the story of the first and second generations of airmen, soldiers, and politicians from both sides who sought to bomb the enemy into submission.

BigJimBig Jim: Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout by Rory McConville & Paddy Lynch

YA GRAPH 941.835 MCC

On August 26th 1913, the trams of Dublin stopped. Over the next four months, James Larkin would lead the workers of Dublin against William Martin Murphy and the Employers Federation in a conflict that would change the face of Irish society.

47RoninThe 47 Ronin by Sean Michael Wilson; illustrated by Akiko Shimojima, with lettering by Ben Dickson

YA GRAPH 952.025 WIL

In the eighteenth century, forty-seven samurai avenged the death of their master in a plot that would take over two years to complete. After succeeding in their mission, the masterless samurai–known as ronin –all committed ritual suicide. The story, which is a national legend, remains the most potent example of Japan’s deeply rooted cultural imperative of honor, persistence, loyalty, and sacrifice.

Showa1Showa2Showa: a History of Japan, 1926-1939 and Showa: a History of Japan, 1939-1944 by Shigeru Mizuki

YA GRAPH 952.033 MIZ

A look at the Showa period in Japanese history with events leading towards World War II. On a personal level, these years mark a dramatic transformation in Mizuki’s life, too.

GrantvLeeGrant vs. Lee by Wayne Vansant

YA GRAPH 973.73 VAN

Grant vs. Lee tells the dramatic story of the final year of the Civil War in Virginia – a bloody and unyielding fight for both sides – through the eyes of the two greatest Civil War generals: the North’s Ulysses S. Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee.

WarrenCommisionReportThe Warren Commission Report by Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colón, and Jerzy Drozd ; foreword by Richard Reeves

YA GRAPH 973.922 MIS

Within days of the murder of President John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson appointed a seven-member commission to investigate the assassination. In its report, the Warren Commission determined that there was “no credible evidence” conflicting with its conclusion of a lone gunman. Artist Ernie Colón, bestselling illustrator of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation , teams up with author Dan Mishkin to provide a unique means of testing the commission’s findings, unraveling conflicting narratives side by side through graphic-novel techniques.

great american dust bowlThe Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

YA GRAPH 978.032 BRO

A speck of dust is a tiny thing. In fact, five of them could fit into the period at the end of this sentence. On a clear, warm Sunday, April 14, 1935, a wild wind whipped up millions upon millions of these specks of dust to form a duster–a savage storm–on America’s high southern plains. The sky turned black, sand-filled winds scoured the paint off houses and cars, trains derailed, and electricity coursed through the air. Sand and dirt fell like snow–people got lost in the gloom and suffocated. . . and that was just the beginning. Don Brown brings the Dirty Thirties to life with kinetic, highly saturated, and lively artwork in this graphic novel of one of America’s most catastrophic natural events: the Dust Bowl.

gandhiGandhi: My Life is My Message by Jason Quinn; illustrated by Sachin Nagar

YA GRAPH B GANDHI

In graphic novel format, introduces the life and accomplishments of the Indian political and spiritual leader who led his country to freedom from British rule through his policy of nonviolent resistance.

bestshotwestBest Shot in the West: the Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr.; illustrated by Randy DuBurke

YA GRAPH B LOVE, N.

Describes, in graphic novel format, the life of Nat Love, also known as Deadwood Dick, who grew up to become the most famous African-American cowboy in the Old West.

Teen Reads for Veterans Day

warisWar is– : Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell

YA 810.8035 WAR

An anthology of fiction, speeches, poems, and essays about war.

ThingsBrotherKnowsThings a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

YA REINHARDT, D.

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

IfYoureReadingThisIf You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

YA REEDY, T.

For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems–his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother will not talk about their situation, and does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.

SoldiersHeartSoldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, G.

Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.

PurpleHeartPurple Heart by Patricia McCormick

YA MCCORMICK, P.

While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.

IPledgeAllegianceI Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch

YA LYNCH, C.

Four best friends serving in the Vietnam War make a pledge to one another that they will do all they can to return home safely together.

PersonalEffectsPersonal Effects by E.M. Kokie

YA KOKIE, E.

Matt has been sleepwalking through life while seeking answers about his brother T.J.’s death in Iraq, but after discovering that he may not have known his brother as well as he thought he did, Matt is able to stand up to his father, honor T.J.’s memory, and take charge of his own life.

TornTorn by David Massey

YA MASSEY, D.

Only eighteen when she is sent to Afghanistan, British army medic Elinor Nielson is continually at odds with her hard-nosed bunk-mate, Heidi Larson, but connects with a mysterious Afghan girl and local children, as well as an American lieutenant.

SoldierBoysSoldier Boys by Dean Hughes

YA HUGHES, D.

Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.

mares warMare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

YA DAVIS, T.

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

HarlemHellfightersThe Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, illustrated by Caanan White

YA GRAPH 940.5403 BRO

This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One.

AboveDreamlessDeadAbove the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy

YA GRAPH 940.3 ABO

A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.

Somebody PleaseSomebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

YA MAZER, H.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

 

Reviews by You!

Almost PerfectAlmost Perfect by Brian Katcher

YA KATCHER, B.

This is about Logan, a guy who just broke up with his girlfriend of three years. He meets Sage, who is actually a boy. But he didn’t know at the time, so he gets scared because he likes her. As the reader, you want to keep reading so you can understand Sage’s situation. Even though this is kind of a big book, it is a page turner.

Review by Emily

UntilIDieUntil I Die by Amy Plum

YA PLUM, A.

A very intriguing and suspenseful book.

Review by Kayla

Catching Fire book coverCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins

YA COLLINS, S.

An amazing sequel to The Hunger Games. I couldn’t stop reading this book and the cliffhanger is urging me to read Mockingjay.

Review by Noah

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

YA RICHARDS, N.

Six Months Later is a book that wants you to keep reading and keep you on the edge of your seat. Chloe can’t seem to remember the six months of her life missing and the boyfriend of her dreams is like a bad nightmare!

Review by Destiny

sorceressThe Sorceress by Michael Scott

YA SCOTT, M.

5 stars! An awesome series filled with alchemy, gods, magic, warlocks, sorceresses, and prophecy! The Sorceress is one out of six amazing books in this series!

Review by Natalie

Divergent book coverDivergent by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

I think it was really good. I think everyone should read it because it makes you think of what kind of person you are. It is the best book I ever read.

Review by Jasmine

AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

YA COELHO, P.

This book was full of metaphors. It was all about following your personal legends (what you really want to do in life) and following the omens. Overall, I would give this book an 8 out of 10.

Review by Ravi

echoEcho by Alyson Noël

YA NOEL, A.

This is actually the second book of the Soul Seekers series. You should read the first book which is Fated. The series is about Daire Santos who discovers that she is a seeker. There isn’t anything she can do about it. There are four books in this series.

Review by Emily

TwilightTwilight by Stephenie Meyer

YA MEYER, S.

This book really kept me at the edge of my seat. There was lots of detail and elaboration. This made me feel like I was actually at the scene. I was surprised when it turned out that Edward was a vampire.

Review by Lester

BattleLabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

YA RIORDAN, R.

This series just gets better and better. It’s action-packed and lures you to keep reading. I love the characters and the actions that they make. This book took me on a journey through a maze of friendship, trust, hard work, and loyalty. This is one of the best books by Riordan.

Review by Jill

Permanent Record by Leslie Stella

permanent recordPermanent Record by Leslie Stella

Badi Hessamizadeh has just voluntarily left his public high school because his solution to ending the everyday, intense bullying he experienced was to blow up a toilet. Badi’s reputation as a terrorist after the toilet explosion, has made the bullying against him unbearable. So, Badi’s father changed his name– now Badi is known as Bud Hess– and transferred Badi to a private academy. Can life be different for Badi, now Bud, at his new school or will he face the same prejudices as before?

Permanent Record is a pretty compelling read, not only because it deals with the issue of racial profiling and bullying, but also because Badi is a flawed character.  He doesn’t make the right decisions, and while at first it is hard to understand Badi’s reasoning for acting out, as you continue reading you get to know Badi.  You understand that he is struggling with anxiety and depression, and the bullying that he has to endure at school is horrible.  Added to all of his struggles is that Badi has as Iranian-American is a post-911 world.  I was surprised at how much this book moved me, and also how much I got to know the character of Badi and his struggles.  By the end of the novel, I didn’t expect it to end the way that it did, but now I can think of no way that I would have rather it ended.  If you are in the mood for a realistic and thought-provoking read, you should definitely pick up Permanent Record.  Click here to find it in the Library!

Permanent Record is also this year’s Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel.  To learn more about the Suburban Mosaic Reading program, which “seeks to confront issues of racial and social justice and promote cross-cultural understanding through literature”, then click here to be directed to the website.  To celebrate the selection of Permanent Record as the 2014 Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel, the Library will be hosting An Evening with Leslie Stella on Monday, September 15.  Leslie Stella will talk about her novel, writing, and there will also be a book signing.