YA novels in verse

Solo

Solo

Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess

From award-winning and bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Solo, the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison who is being crushed between the scathing tabloids exposing his former rock-star-father's addictions and a...

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The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

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 Read reviewThe Art Of Taxidermy

The Art Of Taxidermy

Sharon Kernot

A lyrical verse novel exploring love and grief and the strange and wonderful art of taxidermy.

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Moonrise

Moonrise

Sarah Crossan

Joe hasn't seen his brother for ten years, and it's for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. But now Ed's execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other...

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Another Night in Mullet Town

Another Night in Mullet Town

Steven Herrick

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Sister Heart

Sister Heart

Sally Morgan

A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.

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Run

Run

Tim Sinclair

Run is an unmissable, pacey, paranoid thriller - genre fiction meets literary verse novel. Dee lives for two things: the physical/mental discipline of parkour, and the dystopic scenarios he invents to escape his mundane life.

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The Weight of Water

The Weight of Water

Sarah Crossan

First love, friendship and quiet courage combine in this spare and beautiful story that will leave you sad, happy and wanting more from this fantastic new voice in children's fiction

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Out of This Place

Out of This Place

Emma Cameron

Set in Australia and narrated in alternating points of view, this powerful novel from a talented new author offers an affecting look at the evolving lives of three friends.

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One

One

Sarah Crossan

Despite problems at home, sixteen-year-old conjoined twins Tippi and Grace are loving going to school for the first time and making real friends when they learn that a cardiac problem will force them to have separation surgery,...

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Cinnamon Rain

Cinnamon Rain

Emma Cameron

Structured as a verse novel, Cinnamon Rain addresses topical issues such as friendship and family. Luke spends his days hanging out at the beach, working shifts at the local supermarket and trying to stay out of trouble at...

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Apple and Rain

Apple and Rain

Sarah Crossan

When her imagined perfect life with her estranged mother begins to unravel, fourteen-year-old Apple finds comfort in reading and writing poetry.

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Lonesome Howl

Lonesome Howl

Steven Herrick

They say wolves don't live in this country, yet in the night Jake hears one howling, long and lonely.

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Formerly Shark Girl

Formerly Shark Girl

Bingham Kelly

It is now one year after the shark attack resulting in the amputation of Jane's right arm. Now her dream of becoming an artist is in jeopardy, and she finds herself wondering if she is now duty-bound to become a nurse.

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The Bogan Mondrian

The Bogan Mondrian

Steven Herrick

A powerful and heart-stopping young adult novel from a master storyteller. This is Steven Herrick at his best.

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Shark Girl

Shark Girl

Bingham Kelly

A provocative portrait of one girl's journey following a near-fatal accident . . . Powerful without being maudlin or preachy.-- Publishers Weekly, starred review.

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The Realm of Possibility

The Realm of Possibility

David Levithan

A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories.

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By the River

By the River

Steven Herrick

Fourteen-year-old Harry has a knack for wriggling out of trouble, but escaping the constraints and memories that keep him trapped is not easy, until it's a matter of life or death. This is a novel about the tough and tender sides...

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Silver People: A Tale from the Panama Canal

Silver People: A Tale from the Panama Canal

Margarita Engle

As the Panama Canal turns 100, Newbery Honor - winner Margarita Engle tells the story of its creation in this powerful new YA historical novel in verse. How can such a narrow bridge of land be so important? One hundred years ago,...

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Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

Ron Koertge, Andrea Dezso

Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Koertge ( Stoner & Spaz ) brings dark and contemporary humor to 20 iconic fairy tales, including OThe Little Match Girl, O OThe Twelve Dancing Princesses, O and...

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Poisoned Apples: Poems For You, My Pretty

Poisoned Apples: Poems For You, My Pretty

Christine Heppermann

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Caminar

Caminar

Brown Skila

Contains glossary of Spanish words and Q&A with the author.

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Rumble

Rumble

Ellen Hopkins

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Kiss of Broken Glass

Kiss of Broken Glass

Madeleine Kuderick

One kiss of the blade was all it took to get 15-year-old Kenna sent to the psych ward for 72 hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, but she may lose everythingNher friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. In...

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And We Stay

And We Stay

Jenny Hubbard

Originally published New York: Delacorte Press, 2014

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Dating Down

Dating Down

Stefanie Lyons

Seventeen-year-old aspiring artist Samantha Henderson, eager to learn about life and to get away from her father's political campaigns and her stepmother, refuses to give up on her new boyfriend, X, even after he proves to be...

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The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy

The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy

Marie Jaskulka

Forgotten Girl, a fifteen-year-old poet, is going through the most difficult time of her life--the breakup of her parents, and her mom's resulting depression--when she meets Random Boy, a hot guy who, like her, feels like an...

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Skyscraping

Skyscraping

Jeff Mack

In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.

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Audacity

Audacity

Jeff Mack

A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York --

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