Lists and Suggestions for Teens

List: Novels in Verse

Hopkins, Ellen.

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

Grimes, Nikki.

While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've...

Hesse, Karen.

In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family'...

LeZotte, Ann Clare.

When the Nazi party takes control of Germany, thirteen-year-old Paula, who is deaf, finds her world-...

McCormick, Patricia,

Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi, though poor, enjoys her life until the Himalayan monsoons wash away her f...

Hopkins, Ellen.

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. ...

Burg, Ann E.

Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret h...

Grimes, Nikki.

A pregnant teenager finds support and forgiveness from God through a book of poetry presented from t...

McVoy, Terra Elan.

In alternating chapters, two high school senior girls in Atlanta reveal their thoughts and frustrati...

Chaltas, Thalia.

The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her fa...

Weatherford, Carole Boston,

Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse...

Schroeder, Lisa.

As teenagers Brooklyn and Nico work to help each other recover from the deaths of Brooklyn's bo...

Herrera, Juan Felipe.

After his father leaves home, sixteen-year-old Cesar Garcia lives with his mother and struggles thro...

Marcus, Kimberly.

High school senior Liz, a gifted photographer, can no longer see things clearly after her best frien...

Engle, Margarita.

Draws on little-known Cuban history to tell a stirring story in poetry. Based on the diaries and let...

Williams, Carol Lynch.

Living with their mother who earns money as a prostitute, two sisters take care of each other and wh...

Frost, Helen,

Seven teens facing such problems as pregnancy, closeted homosexuality, and abuse each describe in po...

Sones, Sonya.

Fifteen-year-old Ruby Milliken leaves her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunt, and her mother'...

Thompson, Holly.

Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate's suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jew...

Levithan, David.

Phears, an evil ghost, wants eleven-year-old Max to help him capture the ghosts of two children whos...

Bingham, Kelly L.,

After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring arti...

Sandell, Lisa Ann.

In fifth-century Britain, nine years after the destruction of their home on the island of Shalott br...

Myers, Walter Dean,

This story told in free verse is set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem in w...

Hopkins, Ellen.

Seventeen-year-old Pattyn, the eldest daughter in a large Mormon family, is sent to her aunt's ...

Richards, Jame.

Sixteen-year-old Celestia is a wealthy member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, where she ...

Hemphill, Stephanie.

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of thre...

Wolff, Virginia Euwer.

In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother....

Hopkins, Ellen.

Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United S...