Another great way to celebrate National Poetry Month is by reading a novel in verse. The poems in verse novels all tie together to tell a story–it’s a whole different way to enjoy a story AND poetry.
Shark girl by Kelly Bingham
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.
After the death of Anna Gonzales by Terri Fields
Poems written in the voices of forty-seven people, including students, teachers, and other school staff, record the aftermath of a high school student’s suicide.
Sister Slam and the poetic motormouth roadtrip by Linda Oatman High
In this novel told in slam verse, best friends and aspiring poets Laura and Twig embark on a road trip after graduating from high school, from Pennsylvania to New York City, to compete at slam poetry events.
The geography of girlhood by Kirsten Smith
A novel in verse, in which Penny Morrow describes the pain, happiness, and humor of growing up.
Split image by Mel Glenn
A riveting story, told in poetry, about the seemingly perfect Laura Li and her life inside and out of Tower High School.
The realm of possibility by David Levithan
A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories.
Street love by Walter Dean Myers
This story told in free verse is set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem in which seventeen-year-old African American Damien takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love will not be separated.
What my girlfriend doesn’t know by Sonia Sones
Fourteen-year-old Robin Murphy is so unpopular at high school that his name is slang for “loser.” When he begins dating the beautiful and popular Sophie her reputation plummets, he finds acceptance as a student in a drawing class at Harvard, but where does that leave Sophie?
Make lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.