Verse Novels

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander

Recommended by: Stephen Dilley/@stephenjdilley Form and Genre: Verse novel.  Length: 400 pages. Summary: This verse novel, the first in a trilogy, explores Asante history and the horrors of the slave trade. The first half of the story explores eleven-year-old Kofi Offin’s childhood in Upper Kwanta before he is captured and sold into slavery, which is …

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The Way of Dog By Zana Fraillon.

Recommended by: Stephen Dilley/@stephenjdilley Form and Genre: Verse novel Length: 252 Summary: A canine bildungsroman which follows the dog Scruffity from an unhappy start in life to discovering ‘the way of dog’ and understanding the world – featuring moments of Dickensian cruelty and lots of lovely moments of tenderness. Age recommendation and challenging content: Suitable …

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Crossing the Line

*This website is supported by our users. We sometimes earn a small commission when you click through affiliate links. Please read more in our disclaimer Recommended by: Nicola Traverse Contact: @Mrs_Trav_ Author: Tia Fisher Form: Verse Novel – coming of age Length: 368 pages Brief synopsis: When Eric’s comfortable life falls apart, he finds himself …

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Brown Girl Dreaming

*This website is supported by our users. We sometimes earn a small commission when you click through affiliate links. Please read more in our disclaimer. Recommended by: Stephen Dilley Contact: @stephenjdilley Author: Jacqueline Woodson Form: Verse Memoir Brief synopsis: In stunningly crafted poems, Jacqueline Woodson describes her upbringing in 1960s South Carolina and New York …

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

*This website is supported by our users. We sometimes earn a small commission when you click through affiliate links. Please read more in our disclaimer. Recommended by Rachel Cook (@dramateech) Form and genre: novel written in verse Length: 371 pages Summary: Narrated between two girls who lose their father in a plane crash and ultimately learn about each other as …

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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

*This website is supported by our users. We sometimes earn a small commission when you click through affiliate links. Please read more in our disclaimer. Recommended by Michelle Ings (@michelle_ings) Form and genre: Poetry Length: 400 pages Summary: One fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighbourhood escalates into tragedy. ‘Boys just being boys’ turns …

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

*This website is supported by our users. We sometimes earn a small commission when you click through affiliate links. Please read more in our disclaimer. Recommended by Erin Harrington (@eeharrington4) Form and genre: Verse novel, realistic fiction Length: 384 pages (poetry density, not prose!) Summary: Xiomara, a high schooler in New York City, uses poetry …

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

*This website is supported by our users. We sometimes earn a small commission when you click through affiliate links. Please read more in our disclaimer. Recommended by Maria Howard (@MsHoward01) Form and genre: poetry, crime Length: 306 pages Summary: Will wants to get revenge for his brothers murder. He enters the lift with his brothers …

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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

*This website is supported by our users. We sometimes earn a small commission when you click through affiliate links. Please read more in our disclaimer. Recommended by Rachel Cook (@dramateech) Form and genre: this is a novel written in poetic verse Length: 367 pages Summary: A coming of age verse poetry of life as a …

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