- Candace Schmidt
Here are some suggestions of novels in verse that I think will appeal to a teenage boy.
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes.
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poem they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their classmates.
Comfort by Carolee Dean.
Kenny fantasizes about escape from his small hometown of Comfort, Texas, following his father's release from prison.
CrashBoomLove: A Novel in Verse by Juan Felipe Herrera.
After his father leaves home, sixteen-year-old Cesar lives with his
mother and struggles through the painful experience of growing up as a Mexican American high school student.
Hard Hit by Ann Warren.
A rising high school baseball star faces his most difficult challenge
when his father is diagnosed with cancer.
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge.
When a young teenage baseball player has to stay home from school with mono, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, but it also helps him deal with life,love, and loss.
Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? A Mystery in Poems by Mel Glenn.
Free verse poems describe the reactions of students, colleagues, and
others when a high school teacher is shot.