I have a very demanding friend who pushes me around a lot. I mean, some years back she said I ought to get more involved in the writing scene so I ended up helping her out managing the SCBWI critique group here in Charlotte. (If truth be told, we had a third party who brought us together, but that’s another story!) Then, when I dropped out of that so I could spend more time writing poems, she said I really ought to write a novel in verse. So I did. Now, she’s busy critiquing a manuscript for the Write2ignite conference and she said I really ought to compile a list of novels in verse that she can share with this budding author, and besides, it would fit nicely on my blog. Some people have a lot of nerve, don’t they? And all I can say is, some people like me would stay stuck in a rut without such dear, genuine friends who are willing to goad them along with loving encouragement and sound suggestions. You can check out all the cool things my gutsy good friend Carol is up to at http://carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/
So getting back to the task at hand, here are a few good sites to visit for listings and/or reviews of YA novels in verse. I know there are others out there, and I will welcome suggestions and additions that anyone has to offer.
http://www.connectedyouth.org/books/index.cfm?booklist=verse A short list of novels in verse with brief summaries, produced by the Austin Public Library Connected Youth project. The site is worth perusing for the other lists it has compiled, including Picture Books for Teens, and Short and Sweet: Teen Books Under 150 pages.
http://susanwrites.livejournal.com/31126.html Author, motivational speaker, and writing instructor Susan Taylor Brown has compiled a list of 132+ YA books in verse. This is a list without summaries, but the site is rich in resources for poetry and poets.
http://www.readinasinglesitting.com/2010/10/18/list-young-adult-novels-in-verse/ Read in a Single Sitting, a book review site dedicated to fun, fast reads offers another short list of YA books in verse with brief summaries. This site also has a variety of lists for both adults and young adults.