Celebrate National Poetry Month with these fantastic novels in verse. Click on the title to get the call number or place a hold.
Freakboy by Kristin Clark
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.
One by 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, which they have never before considered.
Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe
Douglas Ashe keeps a weekly record of historical and personal events in 1968, the year he turns seventeen, including the escalating war in Vietnam, assassinations, rampant racism, and rioting; his first girlfriend, his parents’ separation, and a longed-for sister.
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle
Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the great canal.
Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank
Two very different girls bond while hospitalized for Crohn’s disease.
The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy by Marie Jaskulka
As her parents’ marriage falls apart, a girl whose poetry writing helps her survive meets a boy with family troubles of his own who has also turned to poetry, but their growing relationship eventually takes a darker turn.
Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen
In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.
Up from the Sea by Leza 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 by 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 trouble, damaging her friendships and introducing her to drugs.
Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips
While growing up in the 1960s, Laura uses art to cope with her mother’s mental illness.
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.
Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Two girls forge a powerful friendship that carries them through horrific circumstances.