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Poetic Novels: Teen Books in Verse

From Oklahoma during the Depression to modern Chicago, these stories mix poetry with prose for a unique reading experience.

Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood


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Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood
By Richards, Jame
2010-04 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
0375858857 Check Our Catalog

Richards pens a searing novel that explores a cross-class romance amid a tragic event in U.S. history--the 1889 flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. …More

All the Broken Pieces: A Novel in Verse



All the Broken Pieces: A Novel in Verse
By Burg, Ann E.
2009-04 - Scholastic Press
9780545080927 Check Our Catalog

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By turns harrowing, dreamlike, sad, and triumphant, this searing debut novel, written in lucid verse, reveals an unforgettable perspective on the lasting impact of the Vietnam War on its survivors and the healing power of love. …More

Out of the Dust



Out of the Dust
By Hesse, Karen
1997-10 - Scholastic
0590360809 Check Our Catalog

CCBC Choices - 1997
Winner - 1998 Newbery Award
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression. …More

After the Kiss



After the Kiss
By McVoy, Terra Elan
2010-05 - Simon Pulse
1442402113 Check Our Catalog

"This moment changes everything."

Becca has been head-over-heels for Alec from the instant they met. He's a brainy jock with a poet's heart--in other words, perfect for her.

Camille is careful with her words and protective of her heart, especially since Chicago. Then a new boy in her new town catches her off guard with a surprise kiss.

Too bad that new boy is Becca's boyfriend, Alec.

Camille and Becca have never met, but their lives will unravel and intertwine in surprising ways as they deal with what happens after the kiss. …More

The Death of Jayson Porter



The Death of Jayson Porter
By Adoff, Jaime
2008-05 - Jump at the Sun
1423106911 Check Our Catalog


Sixteen-year-old Jayson Porter wants to believe things will get better. But the harsh realities of his life never seem to change. Living in the inland-Florida projects with his abusive mother, he tries unsuccessfully to fit in at his predominately white school, while struggling to maintain even a thread of a relationship with his drug-addicted father. As the pressure mounts, there's only one thing Jayson feels he has control over-the choice of whether to live or die.
In this powerful, gripping novel, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Jaime Adoff explores the harsh reality of a teenager's life, giving hope even in the bleakest of hours.
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Glimpse



Glimpse
By Williams, Carol Lynch
2010-06 - Simon & Schuster
9781416997306 Check Our Catalog

Twelve-year-old Hope's life is turned upside down when her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized for trying to kill herself. …More

Tricks



Tricks
By Hopkins, Ellen
2009-08 - Margaret K. McElderry Books
1416950079 Check Our Catalog

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This gripping new work of verse by a "New York Times"-bestselling author tells five moving accounts that remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story--a tale about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. …More

The Realm of Possibility


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The Realm of Possibility
By Levithan, David
2004-08 - Alfred A. Knopf
0375828451 Check Our Catalog

2005 ALA Young Adult Top Ten Selection
In this new novel by the acclaimed author of "Boy Meets Boy," readers meet a boy whose girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield; a girl who loves the boy who wears all black; and a girl who writes love songs for a girl she can't have in a story about those ever-changing moments of love and heartbreak during high school. …More

Because I Am Furniture



Because I Am Furniture
By Chaltas, Thalia
2009-04 - Viking Children's Books
9780670062980 Check Our Catalog

This unflinching debut novel told in verse is about a girl, her family, and the devastating power of silence in an abusive house of horrors. …More

Chasing Brooklyn



Chasing Brooklyn
By Schroeder, Lisa
2010-01 - Simon Pulse
9781416991687 Check Our Catalog

In this chilling companion to Schroeder's "I Heart You, You Haunt Me," a year has passed since Lucca dies, and Brooklyn and Nico are still struggling with their sorrow. As they work together to rediscover their passion for life again, they soon discover their growing passion for each other, as well. …More

 

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