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Poetry, Please!

5 to 1
Holly Bodger

In a dystopian future where gender selection has led to girls outnumbering boys 5 to 1 marriage is arranged based on a series of tests. It's Sudasa's turn to pick a husband through this 'fair' method, but she's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

Black Stars in a White Night Sky
JonArno Lawson

Philosophy and tomfoolery are equally at home in this exemplary new volume of poetry. These entertaining poems explore everything from love and conformity to the nature of time. Lawson stretches the boundaries of various poetic forms to create verses that are at turns humorous and thought provoking.

Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters
Jeannine Atkins

Call Number: 811.6 A873 2010

As a child, Laura Ingalls Wilder traveled across the prairie in a covered wagon. Her daughter, Rose, thought those stories might make a good book, and the two created the beloved Little House series. Sarah Breedlove, the daughter of former slaves, wanted everything to be different for her own daughter, A’Lelia. Together they build a million dollar beauty empire for women of color. Marie Curie became the first person in history to win two Nobel prizes in science. Inspired by her mother, Irene too became a scientist and Nobel prize winner. Borrowed names is the story of these extraordinary mothers and daughters.

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets
Evan Roskos

A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.

Enchanted Air: Two cultures, two wings, a memoir
Margarita Engle

In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up in two cultures during a time of cold hostility between nations. This almost-war of words shaped a sensitive young girl into an award-winning poet who enriches the world with words of a far more hopeful kind.

Every Last Word
Tamara Ireland Stone

On the surface, Samantha McAllister has it all—success in the pool as a competitive swimmer and a group of popular friends. But inside she struggles with a secret that she fears could unravel everything: her purely obsessional OCD. At the start of junior year, Sam meets Caroline, who helps her manage her obsessions and draws her into the secret Poet’s Corner, where she meets AJ, whom she falls for hard, and who is equally falling for her. But now that she has found her tribe, does she need to keep up the ruse of being “normal”?

Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers

From an acclaimed anthologist comes this unforgettable collection of poems byteenagers--straight, gay, bi, and transgender--capturing the vertigo-inducingrealm of romantic love.

Nikki Tate

Tara's sister died a year ago, on the day that Tara didn't answer her phone when Hannah called. And Hannah stepped in front of a bus. Now Tara lives with the guilt of wondering if things would be different if she had been there when Hannah needed her most. Competing in slam poetry competitions is the only way Tara can keep her sister's memory alive and deal with all the unanswered questions. But at some point, Tara is going to have to let Hannah rest in peace, and she will need to find a way to move on.

The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba
Margarita Engle

Call Number: 811.54 E584f 2010

In this stunning new work in verse, a Newbery Honor winner paints a portrait of early women's rights pioneer Fredrika Bremer and the journey to Cuba that transformed her life.

For a Girl Becoming
Joy Harjo

Call Number: 811.54 H282f 2009

A poem in free verse celebrating the journey from girlhood to womanhood.

A Girl Named Mister
Nikki Grimes

A pregnant teenager finds support and forgiveness from God through a book of poetry presented from the Virgin Mary's perspective.

The Green Man
Michael Bedard

Teenaged O - never call her Ophelia - is about to spend the summer with her aunt Emily. Emily is a poet and the owner of an antiquarian book store, The Green Man. A proud, independent woman, Emily's been made frail by a heart attack. O will be a help to her. Just how crucial that help will be unfolds as O first tackles Emily's badly neglected home, then the chaotic shop. But soon she discovers that there are mysteries and long-buried dark forces that she cannot sweep away, though they threaten to awaken once more. At once an exploration of poetry, a story of family relationships, and an intriguing mystery, The Green Man is Michael Bedard at his finest.

Lorie Ann Grover

High school senior Sarah takes a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington, and finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for him, but everything changes when she is hit by a car.

Hurricane Dancers: the First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
Margarita Engle

Quebrado has been traded from pirate ship to ship in the Caribbean Sea for as long as he can remember. The sailors he toils under call himel quebrado—half islander, half outsider, a broken one. Now the pirate captain Bernardino de Talavera uses Quebrado as a translator to help navigate the worlds and words between his mother’s Taíno Indian language and his father’s Spanish.

Interrupted: a life beyond words
Rachel Coker

After the loss of her mother, Allie is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Betrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Clinging to the past is comforting but will it cost Allie her chance to be loved?

The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy
Marie Jaskulka

Forgotten Girl, a fifteen-year-old poet, is going through the most difficult time of her life--the breakup of her parents, and her mom’s resulting depression--when she meets Random Boy, a hot guy who, like her, feels like an outcast and secretly writes poetry to deal with everything going on in his life. The two nameless teenagers come from opposite sides of the tracks, yet they find understanding in each other when they lay bare their life stories throughthe poetry they write and share with each other. Through verse, they document the power of first kisses, the joy offinally having someone on their side, the devastation of jealousy, and the heartbreaking sadness of what each ofthem is simultaneously dealing with at home and hiding from the world.

October Mourning: a song for Matthew Shepard
Lesléa Newman

Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.

Please Excuse this Poem: 100 new poets for the next generation
Call Number: 811.608 P724 2015

An anthology of poems by young, award-winning, up-and-coming writers reflects a diverse range of voices, styles, and backgrounds.

Poetry Speaks: Who I Am
Call Number: 808.81 P7455 2010

A collection of more than one hundred poems for teenagers that features the works of classic contemporary poets, including Emily Dickinson, Nikki Grimes, Langston Hughes, and Seamus Heaney.

Poisoned Apples: poems for you, my pretty
Christine Heppermann

Call Number: 811.6 H529 2014

Christine Heppermann's powerful collection of free verse poems explore how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, their friends--as consumers, as objects, as competitors. Based on classic fairy tale characters and fairy tale tropes, the poems range from contemporary retellings to first person accounts set within the original stories. From Snow White cottage and Rapunzel's tower to health class and the prom, these poems are a moving depiction of young women, society, and our expectations. Poisoned Apples is a dark, clever, witty, beautiful, and important book for teenage girls, their sisters, their mothers, and their best friends.

Regine's Book: a teen girl's last words
Regine Stokke

Call Number: 362.196994 S874Zs 2012

Regine Stokke began to blog about her day-to-day life shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. Regine's stated purpose with her posts was to give people a sense of "what it's like to live with" such a serious illness, and her blog became an almost instant classic. It was first adapted into book form in 2010, and became a best seller in Norway.Regine was also a very gifted photographer, and had her photos exhibited at both the 2009 and the 2010 Nordic Light photography festivals in Kristiansund.

The Rose that Grew from Concrete
Tupac Shakur

Call Number: 811.54 S5271r 1999

Here now, newly discovered, are Tupac's most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure art of poetry -- a mirror into his enigmatic life and its many contradictions.

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs
Ronald Koertge

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland, poet and first baseman, is torn between his cute girlfriend Mira and Amy, who is funny, plays Chopin on the piano, and is also a poet.

Juan Felipe Herrera

Lucky Z, a Chicano foster child, loved living on the edge until a drag racing accident left him in a wheelchair, but as he struggles to find his place in a new high school, he begins writing poetry everywhere about anything, and in finding his voice he also discovers the beauty around him.

Russell Hoban

In the cold north, when Sixteen-Face John, a shaman, learns that his first child, a soonchild, cannot hear the World Songs that inspire all newborns from their mother's wombs, he sets out on a quest that takes him through many lifetimes and many shape-shifts, as well as encounters with beasts, demons and a mysterious benevolent owl spirit, Ukpika, who is linked to John's past.

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom
Margarita Engle

It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her. Black, white, Cuban, Spanish - Rosa does her best for everyone. 

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door
Karen Finneyfrock

Fourteen-year-old Celia, hurt by her parents' separation, the loss of her only friend, and a classmate's cruelty, has only her poetry for solace until newcomer Drake Berlin befriends her, comes out to her, and seeks her help in connecting with the boy he left behind.

Taking Off
Jenny Moss

In 1985 in Clear Lake, Texas, home of the Johnson Space Center, high school senior Annie Porter struggles with her desire to become a poet, but her resolve to pursue her dream is strengthened when she meets Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to go into space.

Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25

A collection of poems from 25 poets under the age of 25.

Under the Mesquite
Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Throughout her high school years, 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. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.

The United States of Poetry
H.N. Abrams

A collection of contemporary poems accompanied by outstanding photographs highlight poets ranging from Nobel laureates to rappers. 

The Weight of the Sky
Lisa Ann Sandell

A sixteen-year-old girl travels to Israel to spend the summer on a kibbutz and discovers who she is and what she wants out of life.

Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials
Stephanie Hemphill

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692--Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

You Don’t Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys
Sharon G. Flake

Tow-Kaye just learned that the love of his life is pregnant--and though he knows what the right thing to do is, he's scared to death to do it. Jeffrey hates having a mom who dresses like a teenager, but when another sexy mom moves in next door--well, that's a different kind of problem. In these and twenty-two other short stories and poems, readers plumb the inner lives of African American teenage boys.

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