"Best of" Lists
10 Terrific Novels in Verse
You don't have to be a poetry fan to get hooked on novels written in free verse. They attract many a reader -- and even reluctant readers -- with their knack for telling a story using few words in engaging way. All that welcome white space on the page can make reading seem more inviting. And even the grittiest topics can seem easier to handle in this spare poetic form. Our list of novels in verse for kids and teens includes historical fiction, straight-from-the headlines stories about current issues, an immigrant tale, and family- and sports-themed coming-of-age stories. For more books with compelling free verse and poetry, see our lists Poetry for Tweens and 10 Powerful Poetry Books for Teens.