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Poetry Month: Novels in Verse

Dark Sons
Dark Sons By Grimes, Nikki (Book - 2010 ) FIC G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Alternating poems compare and contrast the conflicted feelings of Ishmael, son of the Biblical patriarch Abraham, and Sam, a teenager in New York City, as they try to come to terms with being abandoned by their fathers and with the love they feel for their younger stepbrothers.

Sold
Sold By McCormick, Patricia, 1956- (Paperback - 2008 ) FIC M and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:The harrowing experience of a young girl sold by her family to a brothel and her life as a sex worker.

Because I Am Furniture
Because I Am Furniture By Chaltas, Thalia (Paperback - 2010 ) FIC C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.

Street Love
Street Love By Myers, Walter Dean, 1937- (Paperback - 2007 ) FIC M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Myers' retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet takes place in modern day Harlem.

Love & Leftovers
Love & Leftovers A Novel in Verse By Tregay, Sarah (Book - 2012 ) FIC T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:When her father starts dating a man, fifteen-year-old Marcie's depressed mother takes her to New Hampshire but just as Marcie starts falling for a great guy her father brings her back to Iowa, where all of her relationships have become strained.

My Book of Life by Angel
My Book of Life by Angel By Leavitt, Martine, 1953- (Book - 2012 ) FIC L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:"16-year-old Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution in which she is caught."

Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses
Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses By Koertge, Ronald (Book - 2012 ) FIC K and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Koertge's twisted retellings of your favorite fairy tales.

The Lightning Dreamer
The Lightning Dreamer Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist By Engle, Margarita (Book - 2013 ) FIC E and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda is a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba.

Tilt
Tilt By Hopkins, Ellen (Book - 2012 ) FIC H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Three teens, connected by their parents' bad choices, tell in their own voices of their lives and loves as Shane finds his first boyfriend, Mikayla discovers that love can be pushed too far, and Harley loses herself in her quest for new experiences.

October Mourning
October Mourning A Song for Matthew Shepard By Newman, Lesla (Book - 2012 ) FIC N and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.

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April is National Poetry Month! In celebration, here is a list of my top ten favorite new (to me) books for teens that are written in verse. Poetry does not have to be limited to one page and can be used to convey heartbreaking stories with a kind of imagery that you wouldn't get in your regular prose. Check out one of these great books in your library today!


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