Novels and Stories in Verse

These contemporary books contain poems that, together, tell a story. Suggestions are for grades 2–8.

Children’s Fiction (J)

Borden The Lost-and-Found Tooth
Cheng Shanghai Messenger
Cheng Where the Steps Were
Creech Heartbeat    (Twelve-year-old Annie's mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.)
Creech Love That Dog    (A young student, who comes to love poetry, surprises himself by writing his own poetry. )
Fletcher Moving Day
Frost Spinning Through the Universe: A Novel in Poems from Room 214
Greenfield The Friendly Four
Havill Grow: A Novel in Verse
McKissack Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt
Russell Tofu Quilt
Spinelli Where I Live    (Diana writes about and after her father loses his job and she and her family move far away to live with Grandpa Joe.)
Sternberg Like Bug Juice On a Burger    (Nine-year-old Eleanor realizes that being at overnight summer camp can actually be fun!)
Weston Zorgamazoo
Williams Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart: The Story of Amber and Essie
Woodson Show Way
Zimmer 42 Miles

Junior High Fiction (Y)

Koertge Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs     (Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland, poet and first baseman, is not sure who he likes better -Mira or Amy?)
Adoff Jimi & Me
Applegate Home of the Brave
Bauer Little Dog Lost    (A lonely boy,a dog, and old man come together when the boy plans a rally, the dog looks for a boy, and everyone goes to an old man's aid when lightning strikes his home.)
Bingham Shark Girl
Bryant Kaleidoscope Eyes
Bryant Pieces of Georgia: A Novel
Bryant Ringside 1925
Burg All the Broken Pieces    (Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, now living in an American adoptive home, Matt Pin is haunted by his past, and must confront it.)
Carvell Sweetgrass Basket
Cheng Brushing Mom's Hair
Cormier Frenchtown Summer
Engle The Surrender Tree
Fields After the Death of Anna Gonzales
Frost Diamon Willow    (In a remote area of Alaska, twelve-year-old Willow helps her father with their sled dogs when she is not at school, wishing she were more popular, all the while unaware that the animals surrounding her carry the spirits of dead ancestors and friends who care for her.)
Frost Keesha's House
Glenn The Taking of Room 114: A Hostage Drama in Poems
Glenn Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?: A Mystery in Poems
Grimes Dark Sons
Grimes Jazmin's Notebook
Grimes Planet Middle School    (Twelve-year-old Joylin faces baffling changes at home and at school as she transitions from a tomboy basketball player to a fashionable teen.)
Grimes What Is Goodbye?
Grover On Pointe
Hemphill Things Left Unsaid: A Novel in Poems
Herrera Downtown Boy
Herrick The Wolf
Hesse Aleutian Sparrow
Hesse Out of the Dust
Hesse Witness
Janeczko Worlds Afire
Johnson Soul Moon Soup
Koertge Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
Inside Out and Back Again    (A young girl chronicles 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.)
Lee Wong Seeing Emily
LeZotte T4: A Novel in Verse
Mass Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall: A Novel
Mazer What I Believe: A Novel
Neri Chess Rumble
Rosenthal Looking for Me    (In 1936 Baltimore, an eleven-year-old Jewish girl, one of twelve siblings, tries to find her place in her overcrowded family.)
Schroeder Chasing Brooklyn
Smith Keeping the Night Watch
Smith The Way a Door Closes
Sones One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies    (Paperback only)
Sones Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
Sones What My Mother Doesn't Know
Wayland Girl Coming in for a Landing: A Novel in Poems
Williams Escaping Tornado Season: A Story in Poems
Wolff Make Lemonade
Wolff True Believer
Woodson Locomotion
Zimmer Reaching for Sun

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

J811 Bernier-Grand César: Sí, Se Puede! = Yes, We Can!
J821 Dahl Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes
J811 Grimes Meet Danitra Brown    (More in this series)
J811 Grimes Stepping Out with Grandma Mac
J811 Herrera Calling the Doves = El Canto de las Palomas
J811 Katz Oh, Theodore!: Guinea Pig Poems
J811 Kurtz River Friendly, River Wild
Y811 Lewis Black Cat Bone
J811 Lewis Blackbeard, the Pirate King: Several Yarns Detailing the Legends, Myths, and Real-Life Adventures of History's Most Notorious Seaman
J811 Medina DeShawn Days
J811 Medina My Name Is Jorge on Both Sides of the River: Poems
J811 Medina The Dream on Blanca's Wall: Poems in English and Spanish
Y811 Soto Fearless Fernie: Hanging Out with Fernie and Me
J811 Turner Mississippi Mud: Three Prairie Journals
J811 Weatherford Birmingham, 1963
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