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Teens: 6 Reads to Make You Like Poetry

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Teens: If poetry seems intimidating or something you HAD to study in school, give these novels-in-verse a try. Get inspired and write your own poetry for KDL's Write Michigan Teen Poetry Contest.

Winner of the 2019 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, The Poet X offers readers a glimpse into one young woman's search for identity and true strength in her Harlem neighborhood. Featuring powerful imagery and unique language, this book also snagged the National Book Award this year. Dive into Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming for more poetry about the difficulties of growing up and finding the courage to write and speak.

Mix sports with poetry with Kwame Alexander's The Crossover. Fourteen-year-old twins Josh and Jordan deal with basketball pressures and family issues. Struggles with siblings also form the story in The Way the Light Bends, a collection of poems about Linc and her adopted sister Holly.

Relationships are also central in Ronit and Jamil,  a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Ronit is an Israeli girl; Jamil a Palestinian boy. Thrown together against all odds, love grows (and the world becomes much more complicated).

For more novels-in-verse, ask at your local KDL branch, and give poetry a chance!