Pick up a book written in verse for a quick and satisfying read. You are sure to be immersed in a cleverly unfolding story with memorable voice and depth.
The Weight of Water, by Sarah Crossan – A young, polish girl reckons with social hardships through quiet courage in her new home in England.
Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse – This Newberry award winning book is the raw, but hopeful story of hardship and survival of a farming family during the Dust Bowl.
Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech – Jack dislikes poetry and thinks it’s just for girls, but it is his own poetry that gets him through funny and heartfelt life struggles as he grows to appreciate his own voice.
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate – Ivan the gorilla doesn’t think much about his old home in the jungle, living his days behind glass walls with TV shows, gawking humans, and his crayon art. That is, until the new baby elephant, Ruby, helps Ivan see his home for what it is and gives him the opportunity for change and hope.
Song of the Sparrow, by Lisa Ann Sandell – This King Arthurian tale offers an account of Elaine’s story, the young woman who pines for Lancelot, who, in turn, pines for Guinevere, King Arthur’s wife. Love triangle, indeed!
Crank, by Ellen Hopkins – Prepare yourself for the grim and harrowing decent into drug addiction that will be hard to walk away from, reader and user alike.
The Realm of Possibility, by David Levithan – Dive into the complex, interconnected lives and minds of twenty teens and their powerful monologues of loneliness, longing, and community.
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, by David Rakoff – The title says it all as the earthly states of our being are folded up into this witty, satirical, and heartbreaking tale. This one is in high demand at libraries right now, being the most recent and only publication of Rakoff’s work following his death last year.
The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus, by Sonya Sones – You just might cry and laugh at the same time. This is a coming-of-middle-age story about the absurd happenings of a woman’s life as she falls apart, and then puts herself back together again.
Sharp Teeth, by Toby Barlow – Werewolves! In verse!