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

 

Open Mic at the Library!

Have something to say? A song to sing? Poetry to read? A scene to act? Let your voice be heard at the following open mic events:

Decatur Library- Monday, April 13th, 2009 from 6-8pm
College Avenue Library- Thursday, April 16th, from 6-8pm
Learning Curve@Central Library – Saturday, April 18th, from 2-4pm
Pike Library – Thursday, April 23rd, from 4-6pm
Brightwood Library – Saturday, April 25th, from 1-3pm

The events, hosted by Mr. Blair, will be an excellent opportunity to show off your talent. Be sure to call ahead and register for your five minute session.

Need a little inspiration? Check these books out:

 

The Spoken Word Revolution

The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip-Hop, & the Poetry of a New Generation TEEN 811 SPO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wham! It's a Poetry Jam

Wham! It’s a Poetry Jam: Discovering Performance Poetry j811 HOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of One

City of One: Young Writers Speak to the World TEEN 810.8 CIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

111 One-Minute Monologues by Type

111 One-Minute Monologues by Type TEEN 808.245 DAB v. 11