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Crank Book Poster Image
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age 16+
First in controversial verse poetry series about addiction.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2004)
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Perfect Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Teens learn to live for themselves in intense, mature book.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2011)
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Burned Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Teen flees abusive home in intense free-verse tale.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2006)
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Smoke Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Gritty sequel about abused sisters lacks original's spark.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2013)
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Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners Book Poster Image
age 13+
Captivating, unforgettable collection of free-verse poems.
By Naomi Shihab Nye
(2018)
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Solo Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Poignant tale of rock star's son fleeing fame, finding self.
By Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
(2017)
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For Every One Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Bold, blunt encouragement for dreamers pulls no punches.
By Jason Reynolds
(2018)
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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings Book Poster Image
age 12+
Poignant memoir-in-verse recalls Cuban American's childhood.
By Margarita Engle
(2015)
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The Red Pencil Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Moving verse tale of girl's experience in Darfur genocide.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2014)
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Why War Is Never a Good Idea Book Poster Image
age 10+
Severe look at war's impact better for older kids.
By Alice Walker
(2007)
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One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance Book Poster Image
age 10+
Soaring, poignant poems explore identity and struggle.
By Nikki Grimes
(2017)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
age 10+
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
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Colors Book Poster Image
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age 9+
A series of rhythmic word-jazz poems.
By Ken Nordine
(2000)
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Harlem: A Poem Book Poster Image
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age 9+
This glittering work reaches across boundaries.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1997)
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Making Friends With Frankenstein: A Book of Monsterous Poems and Pictures Book Poster Image
age 9+
Some kids love gross, crude, and scary poems.
By Colin McNaughton
(1994)
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The Swamps of Sleethe Book Poster Image
age 9+
This grim collection is too scary for the youngest kids.
By Jack Prelutsky
(2009)
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Every Thing on It Book Poster Image
age 9+
Another classic poetry collection by the master of whimsy.
By Shel Silverstein
(2011)
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Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles Book Poster Image
age 9+
Short, funny poems a sure bet to delight kids.
By Douglas Florian
(2014)
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Full Cicada Moon Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Girl beats stereotypes in powerful free-verse novel.
By Marilyn Hilton
(2015)
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Becoming Joe DiMaggio Book Poster Image
age 8+
Poems about growing up during WWII.
By Maria Testa
(2004)
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