Lost in the Stacks: Young Adult Verse Novels

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Lost in the stacks Welcome to our new blog series 'Lost in the Stacks' - recommendations by Dublin City Libraries staff exploring overlooked gems and helping you find your next read!

Our first entry comes from one of our wonderful librarians, Jessica, and highlights the YA sub-category of the 'verse novel'. 

Verse Novels for Teens
YA (Young Adult), as both a publishing phenomenon and a literary category, is jam-packed with so many new titles every year that it can be hard to decide what’s worth reading!

One way to narrow down the list is to focus on the sub-category of ‘verse novel’.

This is a great format for several reasons; it allows an author to use language in a way that can be playful and startling; you can usually read a verse novel quicker than its prose counterpart; it is a different and powerful way of telling a story; and the emotional impact can be profound when written well.

Here is a selection of the very best recent verse novels for you to enjoy. If you'd like to borrow any of the verse novels discussed below, simply click on the book cover or title to be taken to the reserves page, where you'll need your library card and PIN to request the book.

1. Long way Down by Jason Reynolds
Long way down
Will is on his way to get revenge for the killing of his brother. He is fifteen years old. He has a gun. He is sure he knows who the murderer is. An intense and vivid snapshot of a moment in time.

2. One by Sarah Crossan
A beautifully crafted verse novel about conjoined Grace and Tippie. Their lives are about to change dramatically when they must move from being homeschooled to the local high school.

3. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Crossover

This captivating and energetic book follows the challenges both on and off the court of basketball playing twins Josh and Jordan. More than just a basketball book, it fizzles with energy throughout, all the way from the dramatic start to the poignant ending.

4. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Poet X

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her place in the world. Xiomara has always understood that her thoughts are best kept to herself but she pours all her passion and feelings into her writing and poetry.

5. Toffee by Sarah Crossan

Allison is a girl trying to forget the dysfunctional family she has run away from. Marla is an elderly woman who cannot remember who she is but thinks she knows who Allison is – a childhood friend called Toffee.  A moving and compelling story of a bond that forms between two different generations.

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