New YA Novels in Verse

One of my favorite genres are novels in verse. The mix of poetry and a story appeal to me. Here are several new YA novels in verse from the past year to try.

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam tells the story of 16 year-old Amal sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Based on the Central Park jogger case, Salaam was exonerated for the Central Park case and released after spending years in jail.

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh is the story of a Nigerian American teenager and her family struggles. A National Book Award finalist.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo describes two girls who discover they are related after their father dies in a plane crash. A National Book Award winning author

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