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Grades 6-8: Books in Verse

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Rebound by Kwame Alexander
J ALEXANDER
In the summer of 1988 twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family’s past.
Moo by Sharon Creech
J CREECH
Follows the efforts of twelve-year old Reena, who has recently moved to rural Maine, to adjust to a new environment while unexpectedly bonding with an ornery cow.
With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero by Margarita Engle
HIST TEEN ENGLE
A novel in verse about the life and work of Rubén Darío, a Nicaraguan poet who started life as an abandoned child and grew to become the father of a new literary movement.
When My Sister Started Kissing by Helen Frost
J FROST
Claire and Abi have always loved summers at the lake house, but a pregnant stepmother and Abi's intense new interest in boys have changed everything.
A Slip of a Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff
HIST J GIFF
Set during the Irish Land Wars (1879-1882) this novel in verse follows Anna Mallon through a series of tragedies as her mother dies, older siblings immigrate to America, and she and her father and sister with special needs are about to be evicted from their farm.
Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
J GREEN
Deaf sixth-grader Macy struggles with resentment as her mother prepares to sell their house and remarry, but helping a neighbor inspires her to look at life in new ways.
Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt
TEEN HOLT
Two middle-school girls, opposites in many ways, grapple with their blossoming feelings for each other in this verse novel.
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
HIST J HOOD
In 1940, a group of British children, their escorts, and some sailors struggle to survive in a lifeboat when the ship taking them to safety in Canada is torpedoed.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
TEEN 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.
May B. by Carolina Starr Rose
HIST J ROSE
When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly Family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
J TERRY
Calliope, a girl with Tourette syndrome, starts at new school (when her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend) and tries to hide her quirks from her friend Jinsong.
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
TEEN VENKATRAMAN
In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
J WARGA
Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises.
Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
HIST TEEN WIVIOTT
Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that’s based on a true story.