Novels in Verse

From Janet Spaulding and Michael:

April is many things to many people, but for us literary types, it’s “National Poetry Month”. Poetry can be traditional couplets, weird haikus, rap, old-school, modern, freeform, and the list goes on and on. The Library offers different programming not just through April, but throughout the year in various ways. We’ve offered poetry slams, weekly open mics, contests and more.

But one of the most interesting things that’s out there for our readers are teen titles that are novels-in-verse. Instead of the story being told in prose (the usual way), the tale is told through poetry. It makes for some unusual and wonderful reading. You’ll find some intense emotional scenes, interesting use of white space, and often some pretty edgy content tucked away between the covers. Instants can pass between pages. Or years. Viewpoints switch, sometimes in the same stanza or section.

It might seem like it’s hard to read or something to pass on, but the books are easy to read, great for reluctant readers and voracious readers alike. Are you up to it? Here’s a sampling of teen titles that are novels-in-verse.

Happy reading and comment below or on our Facebook page about what you’ve read!
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October Mourning

 

October Mourning by Lesléa Newman

 

 

Hidden

 

Hidden by Helen Frost

 

 

Perfect

 

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

 

 

Addie on the Inside

 

Addie on the Inside by James Howe

 

 

The Girl in the Mirror

 

The Girl in the Mirror by Meg Kearney

 

 

Sold

 

Sold by Patricia McCormick

 

 

After the Kiss

 

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

 

 

The Day Before

 

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

 

 

Orchards

 

Orchards by Holly Thompson

 

 

Audition

 

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

 

 

The Watch That Ends the Night

 

The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf

 

 

Love & Leftovers

 

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

 

 

Amiri & Odette

 

Amiri & Odette by Walter Dean Myers

 

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