Yesterday I made a display of poetry books and novels in verse at my library in honor of National Poetry Month. Novels in verse always seem popular with my teens-they read fast, they can pack a lot into a short book, and they're a great way to discover poetry. I get asked for novels in verse a lot, so here are some of my favorites:
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones (and sequel, What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know, as well as Sones' other titles)
-The first novel in verse I read and I read it all in one sitting. It's beautifully written and the reader relates so well to Sophie. This is one of my go-to books when teens ask me for a good read.
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder (and Schroeder's other titles)
-An emotional ghostly love story, readers will be haunted by this one for a long time.
Burned by Ellen Hopkins (and Hopkins' titles)
-I've enjoyed all of the Ellen Hopkins books I've read, but this one stood out to me and is my favorite. It's a heartbreaking story of a girl who comes into her own, religion gone bad, and first love.
A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
-One bad boy, three girls, and a string of relationships that teaches them all. Every girl should read this one!
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
-A fantastical re-telling of the Lady of Shalott. Rich with history, romance, and Arthurian legend, fantasy fans will love this.
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (and sequel Hate That Cat)
-A young boy learns to love poetry in this fast fun read from Sharon Creech.
Summerhouse Time by Eileen Spinelli
-A young girl looks forward to her family's summerhouse time, but this year things are different. Her favorite cousin won't talk to her, she starts to notice boys, and things with the family are changing. A great novel in verse for tweens.
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge(and sequel Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs)
-Baseball and poetry-somehow Ron Koertge make them work together seamlessly. Two great books that teach you poetry without even realizing it! Plus, with the male main character, give these to guys looking for novels in verse or books about sports (so many novels in verse seem to have female main characters)
Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems by John Grandits (also Technically, It's Not My Fault)
-While not a novel in verse, both these books have concrete poems, which means the poems themselves take shape of what the poem is about. The poem about volleyball looks like a volleyball net, lips tell the story of Blue Lipstick. There's a lot of turning the book all around to read the poems which makes it even more fun-and the poems are great. I read the tongue ring poem on my school visits and it's always a hit.
Have any other novels in verse you enjoy? I'd love to hear about them!