Novels in Verse for Kids

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If you loved the style of classics like "Love That Dog" by Sharon Creech and "Out of the Dust" by Karen Hesse, here's a list of many more novels in verse to try!


Helen Frost
Description: In 1939 six-year-old Henry, who is deaf, is taken from his family and placed in a home for the feeble-minded where, years later, his friends include a conscientious objector serving there during World War II. Includes historical notes.
Call Number: J FIC Fro
Format: Book
Date Added: May 13, 2021
Megan E. Freeman
Description: When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She's alone--left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned. With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own. Her only companions are a Rottweiler named George and all the books she can read. After a rough start, Maddie learns to trust her own ingenuity and invents clever ways to survive in a place that has been deserted and forgotten. As months pass, she escapes natural disasters, looters, and wild animals. But Maddie's most formidable enemy is the crushing loneliness she faces every day. Can Maddie's stubborn will to survive carry her through the most frightening experience of her life?
Call Number: J FIC Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
Jacqueline Woodson
Description: ZJ's friends Ollie, Darry and Daniel help him cope when his father, a beloved professional football player, suffers severe headaches and memory loss that spell the end of his career.
Call Number: J FIC Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
K. A. Holt
Description: Told in multiple voices, four summer school classmates band together to save their teacher and their academic futures after Ms J.'s unorthodox teaching methods are questioned.
Call Number: J FIC Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: May 13, 2021
Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
Description: In the aftermath of a major earthquake, eleven-year-old Maya overcomes her own fear to help others at home and in northeast Japan, where a tsunami caused great damage. Includes author's note about the facts behind the story.
Call Number: J FIC Don
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
Ellen Hopkins
Description: Told in two voices, sixth-grade cousins Hannah and Cal learn a lot about family when circumstances throw them together under one roof and Hannah's love of order clashes with Cal's chaotic behavior.
Call Number: J FIC Hop
Format: Book
Date Added: May 13, 2021
Irene Latham
Description: "A robodog, D-39, and his human friends discover challenges, danger, and the strength to persevere in this war and survival dystopian novel in verse about friendship and family"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Lat
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
Victoria Chang, Lorraine Nam
Description: "Frances Chin, a 10-year old Chinese-American girl, lives in the suburbs of Detroit with her immigrant parents and older sister, Clara. At school Frances copes with bullies and the loneliness that comes with not quite fitting in. At home, she feels a different kind of aloneness. Her parents are preoccupied with work and worry about Clara, whose hair is inexplicably falling out. But, with the help of her friend Annie, Frances is determined to play Nancy Drew and solve the mystery of Clara's condition. She also faces the everyday challenges and unexpected thrills of being a tween, especially when she receives encouragement from a tennis coach. Although she struggles to speak up, Frances's powerful inner voice resonates in gorgeous imagery and evocative free verse."--Page 4 of cover.
Call Number: J FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: May 13, 2021
Kwame Alexander, Dawud Anyabwile
Description: In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.
Call Number: J FIC Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: May 13, 2021
Dusti Bowling
Description: A year after the death of her mother in a restaurant shooting, Nora is left struggling to stay alive when a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong.
Call Number: J FIC Bow
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
Meg Grehan
Description: Struggling with her feelings for a female classmate, an eleven-year-old Irish girl tries to confide in her mother, the person she trusts most in the world.-- Provided by Publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
Linda Sue Park, Robert Sae-Heng
Description: If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class. Illustrated with black-and-white art.
Call Number: J FIC Par
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
Andrea Davis Pinkney, Shane Evans
Description: "After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Pin
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
Reem Faruqi
Description: Young Nurah reluctantly moves with her family from Karachi, Pakistan, to Peachtree City, Georgia, but, after some ups and downs, begins to feel at home.
Call Number: J FIC Far
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
Cookie Hiponia Everman, Abigail Dela Cruz
Description: Through a bedtime story to her daughters, a woman weaves together her immigration story and Pilipino mythology. Includes glossary, songs, and author's note.
Call Number: J FIC Eve
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
Darlene Beck Jacobson
Description: "This poignant novel in verse crystallizes a boy's worries about his father, MIA in Vietnam. His family, new best friend, and a bully unexpectedly all help Jack find the courage to do the right thing, not the easy thing."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: J FIC Jac
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2021
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All He Knew
Helen Frost
J FIC Fro
Rebound
Kwame Alexander, Dawud Anyabwile
J FIC Ale
Alone
Megan E. Freeman
J FIC Fre
The Canyon's Edge
Dusti Bowling
J FIC Bow
Before The Ever After
Jacqueline Woodson
J FIC Woo
The Deepest Breath
Meg Grehan
J FIC Gre
Benbee And The Teacher Griefer
K. A. Holt
J FIC Hol
The One Thing You'd Save
Linda Sue Park, Robert Sae-Heng
J FIC Par
Beyond Me
Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
J FIC Don
The Red Pencil
Andrea Davis Pinkney, Shane Evans
J FIC Pin
Closer To Nowhere
Ellen Hopkins
J FIC Hop
Unsettled
Reem Faruqi
J FIC Far
D-39
Irene Latham
J FIC Lat
We Belong
Cookie Hiponia Everman, Abigail Dela Cruz
J FIC Eve
Love, Love
Victoria Chang, Lorraine Nam
J FIC Cha
Wishes, Dares, & How To Stand Up To A Bully
Darlene Beck Jacobson
J FIC Jac