Stories told in poetry format
42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
After the Death of Anna Gonzales by Terri Fields
"After The Kiss" by Terra Elan McVoy
Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse
All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg

Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by Williams,Vera B
The Apprentice’s Masterpiece: A Story of Medieval Spain by Melanie Little
Amiri & Odette by Walter Dean Myers
Audition by Stasia Ward
Beanball by Gene Fahler
Because I am furniture. by Chaltas, Thalia.
Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford
Becoming Joe Dimaggio by Maria Testa
Beowulf. by Hinds, Gareth.

The best and hardest thing.by Brisson, Pat.
The Braid - Helen Frost
The Brimstone Journals by Ron Koertge
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
Brushing Mom's Hair by Andrea Cheng
Burned by Ellen Hopkins
Carver, A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson
CrashBoomLove: A Novel in Verse by Juan Felipe Herrera
Crazy Man by Pamela Porter
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
Cold Skin by Steven Herrick
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost
Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes
The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff
EDDIE'S WAR by Carol Saller
Escaping Tornado Season: A Story in Poems by Julie Williams
Far from you by Lisa Schroeder
Fishtailing by Wendy Phillips
Foreign Exchange, A Mystery in Poems by Mel Glenn
Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson
Frenchtown Summer by Robert Cormier
The Geography of Girlhood by Kirstin Smith
A girl named Mister.Grimes, Nikki.
Girl Coming in for a Landing: a novel in poems by April Halprin Wayland
Glass by Ellen Hopkins
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
God Went to Beauty School by Cynthia Rylant
Hawk, I'm your brother by Byrd Baylor
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Heaven Looks A Lot Like The Mall by Wendy Mass
The House that Crack Built by Clark Taylor
Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
I Don't Want to Be Crazy by Samantha Schutz
Inside out & back again by Thanhhai Lai
Jinx by Margaret Wild
Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in Poems by Mel Glenn

Karma : a novel in verse.by Ostlere, Cathy.
Kaleidoscope Eyes by Jen Bryant
Keesha's House by Helen Frost
Learning to Swim: A Memoir by Ann Turner
A Lion's Hunger: Poems of First Love by Ann Warren Turner
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
Loose Threads by Lorie Ann Grover
Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
My Friend's Got This Problem, Mr. Candler by Mel Glenn
Nothing.byFriedman, Robin.
North of Everything by Craig Crist-Evans
On Pointe by Lorie Ann Grover
One of those hideous books where the mother dies by Sonya Sones
One Night by Margaret Wild
Orchards by Holly Thompson
Out of the dust by Karen Heese
Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
Ringside1925 (Scope's trial) by Jen Bryant
Running Back to Ludie by Angela Johnson
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
Shark girl by Kelly Bingham
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Road Trip by Linda Oatman High
Soda Jerk by Cynthia Rylant
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Song of the sparrow by lisa ann sandell
Soul Moon Soup by Lindsay Lee Johnson
Splintering by Eireann Corrigan
Split Image by Mel Glenn
Stardust 'Otel by Paul Janeczo
Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonia Sones
Street Love by Walter Dean Myers
The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
T4: a novel in verse by Ann Clare LeZott
The Taking of Room 114: A Hostage Drama in Poems by Mel Glenn
Things Left Unsaid: A Novel in Poems by Stephanie Hemphill
Trash by Sharron Darrow
The Trial (Lindburgh kidnapper) by Jen Bryant
Tropical Secrets by Margarita Engle
True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff
The Voyage of the Arctic Tern by Hugh Montgomery
Walking on glass by alma fullerton
The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith illustrated by Shane W. Evans
The Weight of the Sky by Lisa Ann Sandell
What is Goodbye by Nikki Grimes
What my girlfriend doesn't know by sonya sones
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? A Mystery in Poems by Mel Glenn
Wicked Girls by Hemphill
Witness by Karen Hesse
The Wolf by Steven Herrick
Worlds Afire by Paul Janeczko
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
You Remind Me of You by Eireann Corrigan
Your own, Sylvia : a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath / by Stephanie Hemphill
Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff
42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
The geography of girlhood.Smith, Kirsten.
God Went to Beauty School by Cynthia Rylant
Grow by Juanita Havill
Hard Hit by Turner, Ann
Heaven looks a lot like the mall by Wendy Mass
Hidden by Frost, Helen.
Home of the brave by Katherine Applegate
Hugging the rock by Susan Taylor Brown
I heart you, you haunt me by Lisa Schroeder
I’ll be watching by Pamela Porter
Jump ball: A basketball season in poems by Mel Glenn
"Naked bunyip dancing," "Love ghosts and facial hair," "A place like this," and "Cold skin" by Steven Herrick
Nothing by Robin Friedman
One night by Margaret Wild
On pointe by Lorie Ann Grover
One of those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
Out of the Dust by Karen Heese
"Planet pregnancy" by Linda Oatman High
Ringside 1925, views from the Scopes trial by Jen Bryant
Rubber houses by Ellen Yeomans
Seeing Emily by Joyce Lee Wong

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs by Ronald Koertge

Shanghai messenger by Andrea Cheng
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Roadtrip by Linda Oatman High

Song of the sparrow.by Sandell, Lisa A.
Spinning through the universe by Helen Frost
T4 by Anne Clare Lazotte
Things left unsaid by Stephanie Hemphill
This full house by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Trash.by Darrow, Sharon.
Under the Weight of the Sky by Lisa Ann Sadnell
Vampire Haiku by Ryan Mecum
Walking on glass. by Fullerton, Alma.
What is Goodbye? by Nikki Grimes
Where I live by Eileen Spinelli
Who Killed Mr. chippendale?: A Mystery in Poems by Mel Glenn
Witness by Karen Heese
The Wolf by Steven Herrick
You are Not Here by Samantha Schutz
Zane's Trace by Allan Wolf
Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston

Biography in Verse
Engle, Margarita. The Poet-Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
Engle,Margarita Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba
Nelson, Marilyn. Carver: A Life in Poems
Nelson, Marilyn. Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem
Smith Jr., Charles R. Twelve Rounds to Glory: the Story of Muhammad Ali
Weatherford, Carole Boston. Becoming Billie Holiday
Frida : viva la vida = long live life by Carmen T Bernier-Grand
José by Georgina Lázaro León; María Sánchez
The poet slave of Cuba : a biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle; Sean Qualls
Our Abe Lincoln : an old tune with new lyrics by Jim Aylesworth; Barbara McClintock
Stephanie Hemphill. Your own, Sylvia : a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath.


Realistic Fiction
Bingham, Kelly. Sharkgirl
Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog
Creech, Sharon. Hate That Cat
Glenn, Mel. Split Image: A Story in Poems
Glenn, Mel. The Taking of Room 114: A Hostage Drama in Poems
Grimes, Nikki. What is Goodbye?
Hopkins, Ellen Crank
Hopkins, Ellen Burned
Hopkins, Ellen Glass
Hopkins, Ellen Fallout
Hopkins, Ellen Identical
Hopkins, Ellen Impulse
Hopkins, Ellen Tricks
Hopkins, Ellen Perfect
Koertge, Ronald. The Brimstone journals.
Marcus, Kimberly. Exposed.
Myers, Walter Dean. Street Love
Schroeder, Lisa I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Sones, Sonya. Stop Pretending What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
Sones, Sonya. What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know
Sones, Sonya. What My Mother Doesn’t Know
Taylor, Michelle A. The Angel of Barbican High

Turner,Ann Learning to swim : a memoir
Van Cleave, Ryan Unlocked
Williams, Carol Lynch Glimpse
Wolff, Virginia Euwer Make Lemonade
Wolff, Virginia Euwer True believer
Woodson, Jacqueline Locomotion
Woodson, Jacqueline Peace, Locomotion
Woodson, Jacqueline. Locomotion

Mystery
Glenn, Mel. Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?: A Mystery in Poems

Historical Fiction
Frost, Helen. The Braid
Grimes, Nikki. Dark Sons
Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust
Hesse, Karen. Witness
Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba by Margarita Engle
Ringside 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial Jennifer Bryant
Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color by Elizabeth Alexander
Weatherford, Carole B. Becoming Billie Holiday.
The Watch That Ends the Night (titanic historical fiction) by Allan Wolf
Roy, Jennifer Yellow star
Hemphill, Stephanie. Wicked girls : a novel of the Salem witch trials.

Novels In Verse: a pseudo-rondeau” by Karl G. Siewert posted to YALSABK
Novels in verse fulfill a need
For those who prefer a faster read.
A tale in prose can be a bore.
You read and read 'til your eyes are sore.
The poetic book gives you speed.
After you plod through a lengthy screed --
With words choking out, like a garden weed
The sense of the thing -- you need more
Novels in verse.
Novels are great, it must be agreed.
To write one's a difficult feat indeed.
But telling a story's a trickier chore
When rhythm and rhyme have been called for.
They're such beautiful things, when good writers succeed.

  • > Bingham, Kelly Shark Girl
  • > Brown, Paul Wolf Pack of the Winisk River
  • > Brown, Susan Taylor Hugging the Rock
  • > Bryant, Jen Pieces of Georgia
  • > Bryant, Jen The Trial
  • > Bryant, Jen Kaleidoscope Eyes
  • > Carvell, Marlene Who Will Tell My Brother?
  • > Chaltas, Thalia Because I Am Furniture
  • > Cheng, Andrea Brushing Mom's Hair
  • > Cheng, Andrea Shanghai Messenger
  • > Cormier, Robert Frenchtown summer
  • > Crilley, Mark Winter Crist-
  • > Evans,Craig North of everything
  • > Ellis, Ann Dee Everything Is Fine
  • > Fields, Terri After the death of Anna Gonzales
  • > Frost, Helen Keesha's house
  • > Frost, Helen Spinning through the universe : a novel in poems from room 214
  • > Frost, Helen The Braid
  • > Frost, Helen Crossing Stones
  • > Frost, Helen Diamond Willow
  • > Fullerton, Alma Libertad
  • > Glenn, Mel Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in Poems
  • > Glenn, Mel The taking of Room 114 : a hostage drama in poems
  • > Grimes, Nikki Bronx masquerade
  • > Grimes, Nikki Dark Sons
  • > Grimes,Nikki Jazmin's Notebook
  • > Grover, Lorie Ann Loose Threads
  • > Grover, Lorie Ann On Pointe
  • > Havill, Juanita Grow: A Novel in Verse
  • > Hemphill, Stephanie Things Left Unsaid
  • > Hemphill, Stephanie Wicked Girls
  • > Herrick, Steven By the River
  • > Janeczko, Paul B Worlds afire
  • > Johnson, Lindsay Lee Soul Moon Soup
  • > Koertge, Ronald Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
  • > Koertge, Ronald Shakespeare makes the playoffs
  • > Lenhard, Elizabeth Mall of the Universe
  • > Lester, Julius A Day of Tears
  • > LeZotte, Ann Clare T4
  • > Mass, Wendy Heaven Looks a Lot Like a Mall
  • > McCormick, Sold
  • > Myers,Walter Dean Street Love
  • > Myers, Walter Dean Amiri& Odette: A Love Story
  • > Na, An A Step From Heaven
  • > Nelson, Marilyn Carver: A Life In Poems
  • > Nelson,Marilyn Fortunes’ Bones
  • > Neri, Greg Chess rumble
  • > Ortiz Cofer, Judith Call me Maria : a novel
  • > Porter, Pamela Paige Crazy Man
  • > Rocklin, Joanne For Your Eyes Only
  • > Russell, Ching Yeung Tofu Quilt
  • > Rylant, Cynthia Soda jerk
  • > Sandell, Lisa Ann Song of the Sparrow
  • > Smith, Hope Anita Keeping the Night Watch
  • > Smith, Hope Anita The Way A Door Closes
  • > Spinelli, Eileen The Dancing Pancake
  • > Testa, Maria Almost forever

Resources:

Teenspoint.org Reading Matters Novels in Verse Page

Compiled from YALSA BK 04/02/09
Updated from Alicia Blowers on YALSABK 12/16/2009
Updated 12/29/2010 from Erin Marsh on YALSABK