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FICTION: Novels in Verse - Stories Told in Poetry

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Your Own, Sylvia :  a Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath Teen Book Your Own, Sylvia : a Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath

Hemphill, Stephanie.

In 1963, young American poet Sylvia Plath died by her own hand and passed into myth. With photos and an extensive list of facts and sources, this biography-in-verse is a welcoming introduction for newcomers to Plath's work.

Wicked girls :   a novel of the Salem witch trials Teen Book Wicked girls : a novel of the Salem witch trials

Hemphill, Stephanie.

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692--Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

Hideous love : the story of the girl who wrote Frankenstein Teen Book Hideous love : the story of the girl who wrote Frankenstein

Hemphill, Stephanie.

A free-verse novel about the Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, a teenager whose love story led her to write the literary masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Love, ghosts & facial hair Teen Book Love, ghosts & facial hair

Herrick, Steven.

Jack's got a lot on his mind: He's trying to figure out the mystery of the opposite sex, he can't stop wondering about facial hair, and he won't let go of his mother's ghost, even though she died seven years ago. Jack knows he can't hang on to the past forever, but what he doesn't know is how to let go. Then he meets Annabel. She's beautiful, smart, and she gets him. Suddenly love makes sense, and the future seems hopeful. And for the first time, Jack feels ready to leave the past where it belongs.

Crank Teen Book Crank

Hopkins, Ellen

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.

Impulse Teen Book Impulse

Hopkins, Ellen.

Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.

Burned Teen Book Burned

Hopkins, Ellen.

Seventeen-year-old Pattyn, the eldest daughter in a large Mormon family, is sent to her aunt's Nevada ranch for the summer, where she temporarily escapes her alcoholic, abusive father and finds love and acceptance, only to lose everything when she returns home.

The Brimstone Journals Teen Book The Brimstone Journals

Koertge, Ron

In a series of short interconnected poems, students at a high school nicknamed Brimstone reveal the violence existing and growing in their lives.

Coaltown Jesus Teen Book Coaltown Jesus

Koertge, Ronald, author.

Walker shouldn't have been so surprised to find Jesus standing in the middle of his bedroom. After all, he'd prayed for whoever was up there to help him, and to help his mom, who hadn't stopped crying since Noah died two months ago. But since when have prayers actually been answered? And since when has Jesus been so irreverent?

Inside out & back again Juvenile Book Inside out & back again

Lai, Thanhha.

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

My book of life by Angel Teen Book My book of life by Angel

Leavitt, Martine, 1953-

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

A Wreath for Emmett Till Teen Book A Wreath for Emmett Till

Nelson, Marilyn

In 1955 people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral held by his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and the aquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention." "In a profound and chilling poem, award winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr's wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to "speak what we see."

October mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard Teen Book October mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard

Newman, Lesléa.

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.

God Went to Beauty School Teen Book God Went to Beauty School

Rylant, Cynthia.

Newbery Medalist Rylant's emotional, inquisitive, and often humorous verse follows God as he experiments with human activities such as getting a dog, writing a fan letter, and making spaghetti.

The day before Teen Book The day before

Schroeder, Lisa.

Sixteen-year-old Amber, hoping to spend one perfect day alone at the beach before her world is turned upside down, meets and feels a strong connection to Cade, who is looking for his own escape, for a very different reason.

I don't want to be crazy :  a Memoir of Anxiety Disorder Teen Book I don't want to be crazy : a Memoir of Anxiety Disorder

Schutz, Samantha.

When Samantha Schutz first left home for college, she was excited and reveled in her independence. But as pressures increased, she began to suffer anxiety attacks that would leave her mentally shaken and physically incapacitated. Thus began a hard road of discovery and coping, powerfully rendered in this poetry memoir.

What my mother doesn't know Teen Book What my mother doesn't know

Sones, Sonya.

Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.

To be perfectly honest : a novel based on an untrue story Teen Book To be perfectly honest : a novel based on an untrue story

Sones, Sonya.

Fifteen-year-old Colette is a compulsive liar spending a miserable summer in San Luis Obispo, California, babysitting her seven-year-old brother while her famous mother shoots a movie, but things look up when Connor enters the scene.

Love & leftovers : a novel in verse Teen Book Love & leftovers : a novel in verse

Tregay, Sarah.

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 Idaho, where all of her relationships have become strained.

Girl Coming in for a Landing :  a Novel in Poems Teen Book Girl Coming in for a Landing : a Novel in Poems

Wayland, April Halprin.

A collection of over 100 poems recounting the ups and downs of one adolescent girl's school year.

Glimpse Teen Book Glimpse

Williams, Carol Lynch.

Living with their mother who earns money as a prostitute, two sisters take care of each other and when the older one attempts suicide, the younger one tries to uncover the reason.

Reaching for sun Juvenile Book Reaching for sun

Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn.

Josie, who lives with her mother and grandmother and has cerebral palsy, befriends a boy who moves into one of the rich houses behind her old farmhouse.

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