Novels in Verse for Grades 6–8

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Author Title Call Number
Nick loves soccer and hates books, but learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home and school. (314 pp.)
Y Alexander
ApplegateHome of the Brave
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange new things and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow. (249 pp.)
Y Applegate
BinghamShark Girl
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, Jane struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her life. (276 pp.)
Y Bingham
When his Guatemalan village is overrun by soldiers, only Carlo can run to the top of the mountain to warn his grandmother's village about what is coming. (193 pp.)
Y Brown
ChengBrushing Mom's Hair
Ann, whose mother's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment have affected every aspect of their lives, finds release in ballet and art classes. (59 pp.)
Y Cheng
EngleForest World
Sent to Cuba to visit his father, Edver meets his half-sister, Luza, whose plan to lure their cryptozoologist mother into joining them turns dangerous. (188 pp.)
Y Engle
When Wren and Darra meet at camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from when Darra's father stole a car, unaware that Wren was in the back. (147 pp.)
Y Frost
GrimesPlanet Middle School
Joylin faces baffling changes at home and at school as she transitions from tomboy basketball player to not-quite-girly girl. (154 pp.)
Y Grimes
GroverOn Pointe
A growth spurt threatens to end Clare's dream of becoming a ballet dancer. (315 pp.)
Y Grover
HesseOut of the Dust
Billie Jo faces hardships during the dust bowl years of the Depression. (227 pp.)
Y Hesse
HiltonFull Cicada Moon
In 1969, Mimi moves to an all-white town, where her mixed-race background and interest in "boyish" topics like astronomy make her an outsider. (389 pp.)
Y Hilton
HoltHouse Arrest
Timothy keeps a journal while under house arrest for stealing a wallet. (303 pp.)
Y Holt
HoweAddie on the Inside
Outspoken Addie learns about love, loss, and staying true to herself. (206 pp.)
Y Howe
KoertgeShakespeare Makes the Playoffs
Kevin, poet and first baseman, is torn by his interest in two different girls. (170 pp.)
Y Koertge
MacDonaldOdette's Secrets
When the police begin arresting Jews, Odette must hide in the countryside. (225 pp.)
Y MacDonald
MassHeaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
When Tessa falls into a coma, she experiences heaven as the mall where her parents work and reevaluates how she wants to live. (251 pp.)
Y Mass
McCallUnder the Mesquite
As her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. (224 pp.)
Y McCall
NagwaDust of Eden
Mina and her Japanese-American family are forced to evacuate their Seattle home and are relocated to an internment camp in Idaho. (121 pp.)
Y Nagwa
NelsonAmerican Ace
Connor tries to help his severely depressed father by doing research that reveals Dad's father was probably a Tuskegee Airman. (123 pp.)
Y Nelson
PinkneyThe Red Pencil
After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp. (208 pp.)
Y Pinkney
RothSerendipity and Me
Sara starts to heals from her mom's death when a kitten appears at her door. (312 pp.)
Y Roth
SchroederI Heart You, You Haunt Me
Ava's dead boyfriend's ghost returns to her. (226 pp.)
Y Schroeder
SonesWhat My Mother Doesn't Know
Sophie describes her search for Mr. Right. (259 pp.)
Y Sones
TerryForget Me Not
At yet another new school, Calliope makes friends despite her Tourette syndrome and the embarrassment it can cause. (330 pp.)
Y Terry
ThompsonFalling into the Dragon's Mouth
Jason, an American, deals with bullying and the challenges of being an outsider that come with living in a Japanese fishing village. (343 pp.)
Y Thompson
VenkatramanA Time to Dance
In India, a gifted dancer refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident. (307 pp.)
Y Venkatraman
WolffMake Lemonade
LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother to earn money for college. (200 pp.)
Y Wolff
Lonnie, grieving and angry about the loss of his parents and separation from his little sister, learns to express himself through poetry. (100 pp.)
Y Woodson
ZimmerReaching for Sun
Josie, who has cerebral palsy, befriends a boy who moves into one of the rich houses behind her old farmhouse. (181 pp.)
Y Zimmer

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