Spotlight on Novels in Verse for National Poetry Month

Article by liz

It's National Poetry Month, and what better time to spotlight one of the fastest-growing genres of kids lit: novels in verse! Verse novels are a fantastic way to hook young poets or reluctant readers into reading fiction, and come from an incredibly diverse array of authors. Come and browse these titles on our shelves today!

Booked Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544570986
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 5th, 2016

We adored THE CROSSOVER, Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award-winning verse novel about twin basketball stars and their life on and off the court. Now, with BOOKED, Alexander turns his keen eye to soccer, and a young boy learning the power of words in friendship and on the field.


Full Cicada Moon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525428756
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Published: Dial Books - September 8th, 2015

FULL CICADA MOON showcases the diversity and power of novels in verse, with the story of half-black, half-Japanese Mimi moving to an all-white Vermont town in 1969. While her race and "boyish" interests (like science and astronomy) make Mimi feel like an outsider, this amazing novel shows how a strong voice can make all the difference.


The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780553521375
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 12th, 2016

Eighteen kids. One year of poems. One school set to close. This novel is utterly poignant and inspiring, whimsical and heartfelt, as the graduating fifth grade class of a school scheduled to be torn down find their voices as they try to save it.


Ask Me How I Got Here Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062387950
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

Christine Hepperman's POISONED APPLES was a Brazos favorite, and we're so excited about her upcoming ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE that we'd be remiss not to mention it here! This powerful, relatable novel breaks fresh ground in YA fiction and verse novels alike, offering a witty and warm look at track star Addie's redefining of her life after she makes the difficult decision to end an accidental pregnancy. ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE  brings us a big voice and a bigger heart in Addie, and we can't wait to have it on the shelves. Pre-order your copy now!

Check out the rest of these brilliant novels in verse, on our shelves now or coming soon!


Free Verse Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399165030
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Up from the Sea Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553534740
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2016

Somewhere Among Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481437868
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Published: Atheneum Books - April 26th, 2016

The Lonely Ones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399172892
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Published: Philomel Books - April 26th, 2016

Rumble Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442482852
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 2nd, 2016

The Red Pencil Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316247825
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

Audacity Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147512499
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - January 5th, 2016

Red Butterfly Cover Image
By A. L. Sonnichsen, Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481411103
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2016

American Ace Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803733053
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Published: Dial Books - January 12th, 2016

Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062447593
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Published: Harper Teen - February 23rd, 2016

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