Although we are near the end of the month now, I would feel terrible if I didn't post acknowledging that April is National Poetry Month!
In addition to our regular Poetry section, the Canyon Library has several novels in verse. These books use the format and lyricism of poetry to tell their story. Perfect for poetry lovers looking for their next book!
Here are 10 novels in verse (and their summaries from Destiny Discover) that you could check out from our library today:
Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne
Picked on at home, criticized for talking trash while beating boys at basketball, and always seen as less than her best friend, a girl struggles to like and accept herself.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Kristina Georgia Snow's life is turned upside-down, when she visits her absentee father, gets turned on to the drug "crank", becomes addicted, and is lead down a desperate path that threatens her mind, soul, and her life.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Sixteen-year-olds Camino Rios, of the Dominican Republic, and Yahaira Rios, of New York City, are devastated to learn of their father's death in a plane crash and stunned to learn of each other's existence. A novel in verse told in two voices.
The Crossover by Kwame 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.
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
In Renaissance Italy, Artemisia Gentileschi endures the subjugation of women that allows her father to take credit for her extraordinary paintings, rape and the ensuing trial, and torture, buoyed by her deceased mother's stories of strong women of the Bible.
Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley
Five months ago, Liv's big brother, Jonah, shot himself. . . . He didn't know that the gun was loaded. But the damage was done. Liv hasn't spoken to Clay, Jonah's best friend, since the accident . . . The gun belonged to Clay's father, and Clay was with Jonah that terrible day.
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins
A biographical novel in verse of three different girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists
Punching the Air by Ibi Aanu Zoboi
When sixteen-year-old Amal Shahid is wrongfully incarcerated, he uses his poetry and his art to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth in a system designed to work against him.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Hello, Canyon Cowboys! My name is Miss Gilpin and I am SO excited to be your new teacher librarian! I can't wait to get to know you this year. See you around campus!