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Novels in Verse

Below you will find a suggestions of crossover titles. Stories that are told in verse: not rhyming poems and not dense prose, these books live in their own category. Click on each title for description and availability.

Another day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Susie is jealous when her brother is deemed a town hero, so she finds solace in the poetry and reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson.

Little cat's luck by Marion Dane Bauer
Also available in: e-book

A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.

A biographical novel in verse of three different girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists.

Catching a storyfish by Janice N Harrington

After moving from Alabama to Illinois, the talkative Keet finds it hard to make friends and stops talking, and no longer feeling like herself, sets out to find her voice.

Garvey's choice by Nikki Grimes
Also available in: e-book

Preferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to play, Garvey comforts himself with food and endures bullying before joining the school chorus, where he learns how to accept himself and bond with his father.

Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Viriginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.

A biographical novel in verse of a half Native American, half African American female sculptor, Edmonia Lewis, working in the years right after the Civil War.

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L Laskin

Ronit, an Israeli girl, and Jamil, a Palestinian boy, fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered.

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

"A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York."--.

Bull by David Elliott

A modern twist on the Theseus and Minotaur myth, told in verse.

A seamless narrative in free verse--a funny, fierce and piercingly honest coming-of-middle-age story about falling apart and putting yourself back together.

Sharp teeth by Toby Barlow
Also available in: e-book

An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing as the initiated convince L.A.'s down and out to join their pack. Paying no heed to moons, full or otherwise, they change from human to canine at will—and they're bent on domination at any cost.

The house on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes.