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Teen Novels in Verse

Teen Novels in Verse

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Published by kelly jensen
A tri-fold reader's advisory guide to teen lit written in verse
A tri-fold reader's advisory guide to teen lit written in verse

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Published by: kelly jensen on Apr 08, 2011
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A fan of poetry? A fan of books written with a little bit of a different style? Give a verse novel a spin.

These books contain entire stories in poetry form. Some tell the story in one long poem and others tell the story through many smaller poems put together.

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Books written in poetry form

Books written in verse
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder Brooklyn and Nico work to help each other recover from the deaths of Brooklyn's boyfried — Nico's brother Lucca. Through their friend Gabe, the two begin to rediscover their passion for life and a blossoming passion for one another. A Girl Named Mister by Nikki Grimes A pregnant teenager finds support and forgiveness from God through a book of poetry presented from the Virgin Mary's perspective. All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg

Books written in verse

Cold Skin by Steven Herrick In a rural Australian coal mining town shortly after World War II, teenaged Eddie makes a startling discovery when he investigates the murder of a local high school girl.

Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of events forces him to confront his past.

Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, 15-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it causes in her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz Annaleah's grief over the tragic death of 17-year-old Brian is compounded by the fact that her friends did not like him, while his friends and neither of their families knew anything about their relationship. The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff In the Florida projects, 16-year-old Jayson struggles with an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school that bring him to the brink of suicide.

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas The youngest of three siblings, 14-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her. But when she catches her father with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter, but she meets a boy who introduces her to drugs. She becomes a very different person, struggling to control her life and her mind.

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams Living with their mother who earns money as a prostitute, two sisters take care of each other and when the older one attempts suicide, the younger one tries to uncover the reasons why.

Fishtailing by Wendy Phillips Through a series of poems written for English class, interspersed with teacher comments and letters to and from parents, high school students Natalie, Tricia, Kyle, and Miguel describe their lives.

What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones 14-year-old Robin Murphy is so unpopular at high school that his name is slang for "loser.” When he begins dating the beautiful and popular Sophie her reputation plummets.

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