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FICTION: Novels in Verse - Stories Told in Poetry

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Shark Girl Teen Book Shark Girl

Bingham, Kelly L.

Fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood struggles through a physical loss to the start of acceptance in this absorbing, artful novel which is at once honest and insightful, wrenching and redemptive.

Hugging the rock Juvenile Book Hugging the rock

Brown, Susan Taylor, 1958-

Through a series of poems, Rachel expresses her feelings about her parents' divorce, living without her mother, and her changing attitude towards her father.

Ringside, 1925 :   views from the Scopes trial : a novel Teen Book Ringside, 1925 : views from the Scopes trial : a novel

Bryant, Jennifer.

Visitors, spectators, and residents of Dayton, Tennessee, in 1925 describe, in a series of free-verse poems, the Scopes "monkey trial" and its effects on that small town and its citizens.

Kaleidoscope eyes Juvenile Book Kaleidoscope eyes

Bryant, Jennifer.

In 1968, with the Vietnam War raging, thirteen-year-old Lyza inherits a project from her deceased grandfather, who had been using his knowledge of maps and the geography of Lyza's New Jersey hometown to locate the lost treasure of Captain Kidd.

Out of this place Teen Book Out of this place

Cameron, Emma.

Follows three teens who struggle with hardscrabble realities, from Luke, who works at the local supermarket and tries to stay out of trouble; to Bongo, who drinks to avoid his abusive family; to Casey, who longs to escape her controlling father.

Because I am furniture Teen Book Because I am furniture

Chaltas, Thalia.

The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.

Freakboy Teen Book Freakboy

Clark, Kristin.

Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

The fruit bowl project :   a novel Juvenile Book The fruit bowl project : a novel

Durkee, Sarah.

An admittedly "dork" middle-school teacher arranges for a rock superstar to teach her eighth-grade students, who each tell a story about the same topic, in the style of a rap, poem, monologue, screenplay, haiku, fairytale, and more.

Hurricane dancers : the first Caribbean pirate shipwreck Teen Book Hurricane dancers : the first Caribbean pirate shipwreck

Engle, Margarita.

Quebrado has been a slave on captain Bernadino de Talavera's pirate ship for years, but when a hurricane sinks the ship and kills most of the crew, Quebrado escapes to safety and finds acceptance and refuge in a nearby village.

Hidden Teen Book Hidden

Frost, Helen, 1949-

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.

Your Own, Sylvia :  a Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath Teen Book Your Own, Sylvia : a Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath

Hemphill, Stephanie.

In 1963, young American poet Sylvia Plath died by her own hand and passed into myth. With photos and an extensive list of facts and sources, this biography-in-verse is a welcoming introduction for newcomers to Plath's work.

Wicked girls :   a novel of the Salem witch trials Teen Book Wicked girls : a novel of the Salem witch trials

Hemphill, Stephanie.

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692--Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

Hideous love : the story of the girl who wrote Frankenstein Teen Book Hideous love : the story of the girl who wrote Frankenstein

Hemphill, Stephanie.

A free-verse novel about the Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, a teenager whose love story led her to write the literary masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Love, ghosts & facial hair Teen Book Love, ghosts & facial hair

Herrick, Steven.

Jack's got a lot on his mind: He's trying to figure out the mystery of the opposite sex, he can't stop wondering about facial hair, and he won't let go of his mother's ghost, even though she died seven years ago. Jack knows he can't hang on to the past forever, but what he doesn't know is how to let go. Then he meets Annabel. She's beautiful, smart, and she gets him. Suddenly love makes sense, and the future seems hopeful. And for the first time, Jack feels ready to leave the past where it belongs.

Crank Teen Book Crank

Hopkins, Ellen

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.

Impulse Teen Book Impulse

Hopkins, Ellen.

Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.

Burned Teen Book Burned

Hopkins, Ellen.

Seventeen-year-old Pattyn, the eldest daughter in a large Mormon family, is sent to her aunt's Nevada ranch for the summer, where she temporarily escapes her alcoholic, abusive father and finds love and acceptance, only to lose everything when she returns home.

The Brimstone Journals Teen Book The Brimstone Journals

Koertge, Ron

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

Coaltown Jesus Teen Book Coaltown Jesus

Koertge, Ronald, author.

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?

Inside out & back again Juvenile Book Inside out & back again

Lai, Thanhha.

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 Teen Book My book of life by Angel

Leavitt, Martine, 1953-

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

A Wreath for Emmett Till Teen Book A Wreath for Emmett Till

Nelson, Marilyn

In 1955 people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral held by his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and the aquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention." "In a profound and chilling poem, award winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr's wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to "speak what we see."

October mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard Teen Book October mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard

Newman, Lesléa.

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.

God Went to Beauty School Teen Book God Went to Beauty School

Rylant, Cynthia.

Newbery Medalist Rylant's emotional, inquisitive, and often humorous verse follows God as he experiments with human activities such as getting a dog, writing a fan letter, and making spaghetti.

The day before Teen Book The day before

Schroeder, Lisa.

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.

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