Books for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and if you'd like to get into the spirit by reading some poetry, then here are a few books that you might want to look into. If you're interested in even more suggestions, then check out  my Suggested Reading: Novels in Verse.

by Stasia Ward Kehoe
When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange city with a host family, she's deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem's muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she's chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more? This debut novel in verse is as intense and romantic as it is eloquent.

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by Cathy Ostlere
On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi is gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards. The murder sparks riots in Delhi and for three days Sikh families are targeted and killed in retribution for the Prime Minister’s death. It is into this chaos that fifteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada. India’s political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world. KARMA is the story of how a young woman, straddling two cultures and enduring personal loss, learns forgiveness, acceptance and love.

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Love & Leftovers
by Sarah Tregay
My wish
is to fall
cranium over Converse
in dizzy, daydream-worthy

When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father.

By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "vacation" has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? Can you even know it until you've lost it?

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What are some other novels in verse or books of poetry that you would recommend? Do you have any favorites that are not mentioned in this or my previous novels in verse post? If so, share them in the comments so we can check them out!


  1. Of course anything by Ellen Hopkins. LOVE THAT DOG by Sharon Creech is great for younger readers and Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge is a great one for boys.

    I have two verse novels coming out in 2013 and 2014, AUDACIOUS and CAPRICIOUS from Orca Books ;-)

  2. I love books written in verse. I've read more historical novels written in this way, but I can see me loving a couple of the above! Thanks for putting an emphasis on Poetry Month!

    Rie @ Mission to Read


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