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

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Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.
By Caroline Starr Rose
(2012)
(2012)
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Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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Girl beats stereotypes in powerful free-verse novel.
By Marilyn Hilton
(2015)
(2015)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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Heartfelt, soaring, fast-break story of loss and growth.
By Kwame Alexander
(2018)
(2018)
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Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2016)
(2015)
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Gripping, unnerving story of teen boy contemplating revenge.
By Jason Reynolds
(2017)
(2017)
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The Sound of Letting Go Book Poster Image
Relatable novel in verse shows life with autistic brother.
By Stasia Ward Kehoe
(2014)
(2014)
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Beautiful, emotional free-verse novel about conjoined twins.
By Sarah Crossan
(2015)
(2015)
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Teen flees abusive home in intense free-verse tale.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2012)
(2006)
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