Monday, April 29, 2013

National Poetry Month-- More Verse Novels

April is National Poetry Month. We've had a few posts with novels in verse already this month (see here and here). Here's one more!


The Realm of Possibility by David Leviathan. This one isn't really a novel, but rather a collection of poems, in twenty different voices, by twenty different high school classmates. It doesn't focus on a single event, but just slice-of-life looks at a high school.

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams. Hope and Lizzie have always looked out for each other after their mother turned to the world's oldest professional after the death of their father. When Lizzie becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after a suicide attempt, Hope must discover what happened, and how she can save her sister.

The Geography of Girlhood by Kirstin Smith. Penny has been trying to find her way other since her mother walked out on their family when she was very small. Now in high school, she navigates friendship, love, sibling relationships, and more.


Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe. Sara's excited to get a scholarship to study with a professional ballet company, but the reality is different. She has to move and start at a new school. Used to being the best dancer, she finds herself technically less profient than her classmates, many of whom have been studying with the company for years. Lost and lonely, she finds romance in the arms of an older and unsuitable boy.

Seeing Emily by Joyce Lee Wong. Emily falls in love with the new boy at school, but he has a thing for Asian chicks and wants her to be his geisha (but claims to be racially sensitive.) Meanwhile her mother tries to own the art Emily creates, the art Emily uses to create an identity outside of her parents.

Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block. Block takes the Greek gods and puts them in modern Southern California. Here is where they act out their myths. This was a book that came out too early--it requires a pretty solid grounding in Greek mythology, something teen readers currently have (thanks Percy Jackson et. al.).


Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?: A Mystery in Poems by Mel Glenn. When popular English teacher Mr. Chippendale is shot, everyone's a suspect. Told in multiple voices, the reader gets to know Mr. C., his students, and his life, all while seeing how they deal with his death. The whodunit nature of the story will keep the pages turning.

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone. The Jock (we never learn his name) is hot and charismatic, and three girls fall for his charms, and are then abruptly dumped. The reader follows the girls through their relationships and the comments each of them finds in the back of the library's copy of Forever by Judy Blume.

Jinx by Margaret Wild. Jinx used to be Jen-- then her boyfriend dies. Then her next boyfriend dies. And now she's Jinx and she's trying a whole new life. Told in multiple voices, including Jen's we get a mutli-layered look at Jinx's pain and grief and eventual healing.

What are your favorite verse novels?

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  1. Thank you for your hard work on these lists. They are wonderful! I will be ordering my next semester's school books through your links because I love your site so much!

  2. Thank you for your kind words Loonstruck! I'm so glad people find my lists useful.


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