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!

October Mourning


October Mourning by Lesléa Newman





Hidden by Helen Frost





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 by Patricia McCormick



After the Kiss


After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy



The Day Before


The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder





Orchards by Holly Thompson





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