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FICTION: Novels in Verse - Stories Told in Poetry

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The crossover

Alexander, Kwame.

J ALEXAND

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.


Freakboy

Clark, Kristin.

TEEN CLARK

From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He's a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong--why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?


One

Crossan, Sarah.

TEEN CROSSAN

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it's normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. Each of the sixteen-year-old girls has her own head, heart, and two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.But the girls' body is beginning to fight against them. And Grace doesn't want to admit it. Not even to Tippi. How long can they hide from the truth--how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?


Audacity

Crowder, Melanie.

TEEN CROWDER

A gorgeously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights.


Hidden

Frost, Helen, 1949-

TEEN FROST

When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra's father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.


Hideous love : the story of the girl who wrote Frankenstein

Hemphill, Stephanie.

TEEN HEMPHIL

An all-consuming love affair with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a family torn apart by scandal, a young author on the brink of greatness: Hideous Love is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature, a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein. This luminous verse novel reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.


House arrest

Holt, K. A., author.

TEEN HOLT

Timothy is on probation. It's a strange word--something that happens to other kids, to delinquents, not to kids like him. And yet, he is under house arrest for the next year. He must check in weekly with a probation officer and a therapist, and keep a journal for an entire year. And mostly, he has to stay out of trouble. But when he must take drastic measures to help his struggling family, staying out of trouble proves more difficult than Timothy ever thought it would be.


Traffick

Hopkins, Ellen, author.

TEEN HOPKINS

Five teenagers struggle to find their way out of prostitution. (Sequel to: Tricks)


The lost marble notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy

Jaskulka, Marie, author.

TEEN JASKULK

Trying to escape their broken worlds, two teens fall in love with devastating results.


Believarexic

Johnson, J. J., 1973- author.

TEEN JOHNSON

An autobiographical novel in which fifteen-year-old Jennifer Johnson convinces her parents to commit her to the Eating Disorders Unit of an upstate New York psychiatric hospital in 1988, where the treatment for her bulimia and anorexia is not what she expects.


Coaltown Jesus

Koertge, Ronald, author.

TEEN KOERTGE

Walker shouldn't have been so surprised to find Jesus standing in the middle of his bedroom. After all, he'd prayed for whoever was up there to help him, and to help his mom, who hadn't stopped crying since Noah died two months ago. But since when have prayers actually been answered? And since when has Jesus been so irreverent?


Kiss of broken glass

Kuderick, Madeleine, 1964- author.

TEEN KUDERIC

In the next 72 hours, Kenna may lose everything--her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for 72 hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.


Inside out & back again

Lai, Thanhha.

J LAI

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.


My book of life by Angel

Leavitt, Martine, 1953-

TEEN LEAVITT

16-year-old Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution in which she is caught.


Up from the sea

Lowitz, Leza, author.

TEEN LOWITZ

A novel in verse about the March 2011 tsunami that sent Japan into chaos, told from the point-of-view of Kai, a biracial teenaged boy.


Dating down

Lyons, Stefanie, author.

TEEN LYONS

At Café Hex, Samantha Henderson can imagine being the person she really wants to be. It's her place to daydream about going to art school and getting away from her politician father. It's her place to imagine opening herself up to a new kind of connection, away from her family and the drama of high school. Enter X--the boy she refuses to name. He's older, edgy, bohemian . . . in short, everything she thinks she needs. Her family and friends try to warn her that there may be more to him than she sees, but still she stays with X, even as his chaos threatens to consume them both


American ace

Nelson, Marilyn, 1946- author.

TEEN NELSON

Connor's grandmother leaves his dad a letter when she dies, and the letter's confession shakes their tight-knit Italian-American family: The man who raised Dad is not his birth father. But the only clues to this birth father's identity are a class ring and a pair of pilot's wings. And so Connor takes it upon himself to investigate--a pursuit that becomes even more pressing when Dad is hospitalized after a stroke.


October mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard

Newman, Lesléa.

TEEN NEWMAN

Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.


Crazy

Phillips, Linda Vigen.

TEEN PHILLIP

Laura is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the 1960s, navigating her way through classes, friendships, and even a new romance. But she's carrying around a secret: her mother is suffering from a mental illness. No one in Laura's family will talk about her mother's past hospitalizations or increasingly erratic behavior, and Laura is confused and frightened. Laura finds some refuge in art, but when her mother suffers a breakdown after taking painting back up again herself, even art ceases to provide much comfort.


The day before

Schroeder, Lisa.

TEEN SCHROED

Sixteen-year-old Amber, hoping to spend one perfect day alone at the beach before her world is turned upside down, meets and feels a strong connection to Cade, who is looking for his own escape, for a very different reason.


To be perfectly honest : a novel based on an untrue story

Sones, Sonya.

TEEN SONES

Fifteen-year-old Colette is a compulsive liar spending a miserable summer in San Luis Obispo, California, babysitting her seven-year-old brother while her famous mother shoots a movie, but things look up when Connor enters the scene.


Falling into the dragon's mouth

Thompson, Holly.

TEEN THOMPSO

In this novel in verse, a resilient American boy deals with bullying and the challenges of being an outsider that come with living in a Japanese fishing village.


Girl Coming in for a Landing : a Novel in Poems

Wayland, April Halprin.

TEEN 811.54 WAYLAND

A collection of over 100 poems recounting the ups and downs of one adolescent girl's school year.


Paper hearts

Wiviott, Meg, author.

TEEN WIVIOTT

An act of defiance. A statement of hope.A crime punishable by death. Making a birthday card in Auschwitz was all of those things. But that is what Zlatka did, in 1944, for her best friend, Fania. She stole and bartered for paper and scissors, secretly creating an origami heart. Then she passed it to every girl at the work tables to sign with their hopes and wishes for happiness, for love, and most of all--for freedom. Fania knew what that heart meant, for herself and all the other girls. And she kept it hidden, through the bitter days in the camp and through the death marches. She kept it always.


Brown girl dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline.

J 811.54 WOODSON

"Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story, but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery"-The New York Times Book Review"--


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