Verse Novels

Frenchtown Summer
Robert Cormier, 1999
Free verse reminiscences about the author's life as a twelve-year-old boy living in the French-Canadian district of Monument during the hot summer of 1938.

Foreign Exchange: A Mystery in Poems
Mel Glenn, 1999
Thoughts and reflections of town residents and exchange students in poems after the murder of a high school student in a small lake-side community.

Split Image
Mel Glenn, 2000
Poems reflecting the thoughts and feelings of students, the librarian, parents, the principal, and others about the seemingly perfect Laura Li and her life inside and out of Tower High School.

Bronx Masquerade
Nikki Grimes, 2002
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

The Brimstone Journals
Ron Koertge, 2001
In a series of short interconnected poems, students at a high school nicknamed Brimstone reveal the violence existing and growing in their lives.

Stop Pretending: What Happened When My When My Big Sister Went Crazy
Sonya Sones, 1999
A younger sister has a difficult time adjusting to life after her older sister has a mental breakdown.

What My Mother Doesn’t Know
Sonya Sones, 2001
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.

Girl Coming In For A Landing
April Halprin Wayland, 2002
A collection of over 100 poems recounting the ups and downs of one adolescent girl's school year.

Margaret Wild, 2001
With the help of her understanding mother and a close friend, Jen eventually outgrows her nickname, Jinx, and deals with the deaths of two boys with whom she had been involved.

True Believer
Virginia Euwer Wolff, 2001
Living in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it—an occasion to rise to.

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
Ron Koertge, 2003
When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

Learning to Swim, A Memoir
Ann Turner, 2000
A series of poems convey the feelings of a young girl whose sense of joy and security at the family's summer house is shattered when an older boy who lives nearby sexually abuses her.

Jacqueline Woodson, 2003
In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.

CrashBoomLove: a Novel in Verse
Juan Felipe Herrera, 1999
After his father leaves home, sixteen-year-old Cesar Garcia lives with his mother and struggles through the painful experiences of growing up as a Mexican American high school student.

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