10 Powerful Poetry Books for Teens

Teens who think they don't like poetry should check out these books. From classics to new releases, from a Greek epic to Edgar Allen Poe to a YouTube star, this is poetry teens can connect with. Novels in free verse lyrically convey characters and plotlines in a format that many teens find more inviting than full pages of prose text. You'll find gritty tales of adolescent angst, romance, family dramas, urgent struggles for social justice, and even biographies in verse on our list. For other compelling teen reads, check out Award-Winning Books for Teens and Best Book Series for Teens

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Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Book Poster Image
Collection highlights horror stories and romantic poems.
By Edgar Allan Poe
(2011)
(2007)
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One Book Poster Image
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Beautiful, emotional free-verse novel about conjoined twins.
By Sarah Crossan
(2015)
(2015)
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Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners Book Poster Image
Captivating, unforgettable collection of free-verse poems.
By Naomi Shihab Nye
(2018)
(2018)
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Your Own, Sylvia Book Poster Image
Fictionalized bio in verse a great intro to Plath's poetry.
By Stephanie Hemphill
(2008)
(2007)
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Burned Book Poster Image
Teen flees abusive home in intense free-verse tale.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2012)
(2006)
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The Odyssey Book Poster Image
Essential, epic poem of Greek gods, monsters, and heroes.
By Homer
(2011)
(1998)
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Note to Self Book Poster Image
YouTuber's thoughtful poems, essays seek connection.
By Connor Franta
(2017)
(2017)
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The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano Book Poster Image
Brutal but moving bio in verse is best for teens.
By Margarita Engle
(2008)
(2006)
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Sold Book Poster Image
Unforgettable story of Nepali girl sold into prostitution.
By Patricia McCormick
(2016)
(2006)
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Tilt Book Poster Image
Teens grow up too fast in intense stories told in poetry.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2012)
(2012)
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