Thursday, September 17, 2009

Books: Novels in Verse

So I've been working on this intro for a while now and I've decided there are two major reasons why Novels in Verse are great to read. First, their poetry format makes them easy to understand. I know that you may be thinking the exact opposite, but trust me on this. The emotion in these books in palpable and easy to undersand. Second, they're quick reads. This is good if you've got a short attention span, aren't really a book person or only have a little time to kill with reading. So get your hands on one of these books, and realize that poetry can be more enjoyable than the pieces forced upon you by English teachers.

Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

By Francesca Lia Block
Weetzie Bat
Witch Baby
Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys
Missing Angel Juan
Baby Be-Bop
Psyche in a Dress

All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg

Who Will Tell My Brother? by Marlene Carvell

Because I am the Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Splintering by Eireann Corrigan

After the Death of Anna Gonzalez by Terri Fields

Keesha's House by Helen Frost

By Mel Glenn
Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?: A Mystery in Poems
The Taking of Room 114: A Hosage Drama in Poems
Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in Poems
Foreign Exchange: A Mystery in Poems
Split Image: A Story in Poems

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

By Stephanie Hemphill
Things Left Unsaid: A Novel in Poems
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath

By Steven Herrick
Love, Ghosts and Facial Hair
A Place Like This
By the River

Witness by Karen Hesse

Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Road Trip by Linda Oatman High

By Ellen Hopkins

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Street Love by Walter Dean Myers

By Cynthia Rylant
God Went to Beauty School

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

By Lisa Schroeder
I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Far From You
Chasing Brooklyn (Out 01/05/10)

By Sonya Sones
Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
What My Mother Doesn't Know
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know

A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

Girl Coming in for a Landing by April Halprin Wayland

By Margaret Wild
One Night

By Virgina Euwer Wolff
Make Lemonade
True Believer
This Full House

Know any Novels in Verse that I missed? Let me know in the comments.

1 comment:

  1. I have an old list that I haven't updated in a while over here: and you might find some more to put on your list.