Sunday, April 14, 2013

National Poetry Month: Verse Novels

It's National Poetry Month. Here are some more novels written in verse for you to read! Check out the previous list, too.


Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge. When Kevin gets mono, he's devastated that he'll miss the baseball season. After snagging his father's poetry book, he starts writing about his feelings about missing the team, girls, and the fact that his mother recently passed away. Follow it with Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs.

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson. A royal crown of sonnets-- a cycle of 15 Petrarchan sonnets has the last line of one sonnet be the first line of the next, until the last poem, which is made up of the first lines of the previous poems. This royal crown tells the story of Emmett Till-- a 14-year-old boy who was lynched for allegedly whistling at a white woman.

Sisters of Glass by Stephanie Hemphill. Maria wants nothing more than to follow in the family business of glassblowing. But in Renaissance Italy, that's not an option for a girl. Maria's destined to marry nobility, for the good of the family, despite her desires and needs.


Exposed by Kimberly Marcus. Liz sees everything through her camera, developed into sharp blacks and whites. But when Liz's best friend Kate lets lose a startling secret, everything changes and Liz's world shatters.

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay. Marcie thought the summer spent in New Hampshire would be bad enough, but then her family never returns to Idaho. Stuck in a new school, she tries to navigate early romance while dealing with her parents changing relationship.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins. When Kristina starts using meth (the monster) it awakens her inner bad-girl, Bree. Follow it with Glass.


Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas. Anke's father abuses everyone in their family except Anke-- she's so worthless, she's not even worth that. Not in her father's eyes.

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman. The brutal murder of Matthew Shepard took place at the beginning of Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming. Newman was on campus, a guest speaker for her earlier work, Heather Has Two Mommies. This verse novel follows many different prospectives that night-- Matthew's, her murderers', even the fence's.

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow. Most verse novels are made up of several short poems, but this one is more epic poetry, told in one long poem. Following three packs of werewolves in LA, and the cop who's on their trail. Published fore adults, this has high teen appeal and was an Alex book when it was released.

What are your favorite novels in verse?

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