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Books in Verse A-L

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Booked - Kwame Alexander
Call Number: Fic Alexander
Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

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The Crossover - Kwame Alexander
Call Number: Fic Alexander
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

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Sharp Teeth - Toby Barlow
Call Number: Fic Barlow
Dogcatcher, Anthony, has no idea that his girlfriend is a werewolf who has abandoned her pack, but her efforts to keep her secret lead to murderous results.

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All the Broken Pieces - Ann E. Burg
Call Number: Fic Burg
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

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Freakboy - Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Call Number: Fic Clark
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

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Silver People - Margarita Engle
Call Number: Fic Engle
Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other young Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the Panama Canal.

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The Good Braider - Terry Farish
Call Number: Fic Farish
Follows Viola as she survives brutality in war-torn Sudan, makes a perilous journey, lives as a refugee in Egypt, and finally reaches Portland, Maine, where her quest for freedom and security is hampered by memories of past horrors and the traditions her mother and other Sudanese adults hold dear.

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Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling - Lucy Frank
Call Number: Fic Frank
"In this novel in verse, two very different girls bond while hospitalized for Crohn's disease"--OCLC.

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Keesha's House - Helen Frost
Call Number: Fic Frost
Seven teens facing such problems as pregnancy, closeted homosexuality, and abuse each describe in poetic forms what caused them to leave home and where they found home again.

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Ask Me How I Got Here - Christine Heppermann
Call Number: Fic Heppermann
A young woman struggles with the aftermath of her life-altering decision to have an abortion. Nothing is the same, nothing feels good anymore. Is running away the answer?

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The Simple Gift - Steven Herrick
Call Number: Fic Herrick
Sixteen-year-old Billy runs away from his alcoholic, abusive father and takes up residence in an abandoned freight car where he meets Old Bill, a fellow hobo, and together they form a friendship based on small kindnesses that change their lives.

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Cold Skin - Steven Herrick
Call Number: Fic Herrick
In a rural Australian coal mining town shortly after World War II, teenager Eddie makes a startling discovery when he investigates the murder of a local high school girl. A novel of first love, sexual awakening, murder, cowardice, vengeance, and forgiveness.

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Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse
Call Number: Fic Hesse
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

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Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Road Trip - Linda Oatman High
Call Number: Fic High
In this novel told in slam verse, best friends and aspiring poets Laura and Twig embark on a road trip after graduating from high school, from Pennsylvania to New York City, to compete at slam poetry events.

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Tilt - Ellen Hopkins
Call Number: Fic Hopkins
Three teens, connected by their parents' bad choices, tell in their own voices of their lives and loves as Shane finds his first boyfriend, Mikayla discovers that love can be pushed too far, and Harley loses herself in her quest for new experiences.

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Rumble - Ellen Hopkins
Call Number: Fic Hopkins
Matt's younger brother is bullied into suicide and things get tough. He loses his faith in humankind and a horrific accident of his own making plunges him into a dark, quiet place, where he hears a voice that calls everything he has ever disbelieved into question.

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And We Stay - Jenny Hubbard
Call Number: Fic Hubbard
Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.


Books in Verse M-Z

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Exposed - Kimberly Marcus
Call Number: Fic Marcus
High school senior Liz, a gifted photographer, can no longer see things clearly after her best friend accuses Liz's older brother of rape.

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Under the Mesquite - Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Call Number: Fic McCall
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.

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Sold - Patricia McCormick
Call Number: Fic McCormick
A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.

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After the Kiss - Terra Elan McVoy
Call Number: Fic McVoy
ISBN: 1442402113
A novel in verse which follows the thoughts and frustrations of Becca and Camille, both involved with Alec, as they go through their final semester of high school.

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Street Love - Walter Dean Myers
Call Number: Fic Myers
A story in free verse in which Damien, a seventeen-year-old from Harlem, takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love, Junice, will not be separated.

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Karma - Cathy Ostlere
Call Number: Fic Ostlere
In the chaos after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination, fifteen-year-old Maya, who has traveled from Canada to New Delhi, India with her mother's ashes is separated from her father. Half Hindu, half Sikh, she hides her identity and must rely on a new friend Sandeep.

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Far from You - Lisa Schroeder
Call Number: Fic Schroeder
ISBN: 1416975071
A novel-in-verse about sixteen-year-old Ali's reluctant road trip with her stepmother and new baby sister, and the terror that ensues after they end up lost in the snow-covered woods.

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The Language Inside - Holly Thompson
Call Number: Fic Thompson
Raised in Japan, American-born tenth-grader Emma is disconcerted by a move to Massachusetts for her mother's breast cancer treatment, because half of Emma's heart remains with her friends recovering from the tsunami.

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Love and Leftovers - Sarah Tregay
Call Number: Fic Tregay
Fifteen-year-old Marcie's depressed mother forces her to move to New Hampshire when Marcie's father begins dating another man, and just as Marcie is getting used to her new life, she is forced to move back home, where she finds all of her old relationships have become strained.

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A Time to Dance - Padma Venkatraman
Call Number: Fic Venkatraman
Veda excels at Bharatanatyam dance and refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.

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Glimpse - Carol Lynch Williams
Call Number: Fic Williams
Living with their mother who earns money as a prostitute, two sisters take care of each other and when the older one attempts suicide, the younger one tries to uncover the reason.


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