Additional Resources for Novels in Poetry

Anaya, Rudolfo. 2000. Elegy on the death of Cesar Chavez; a poem. El Paso: Cinco Puntos Press. 
This is not a work of fiction, but celebrates Cesar Chavezís life. 

Glenn, Mel. 1982. Class Dismissed: high school poems.
_________. 1986. Class Dismissed 2; more high school poems
_________. 1988. Back to Class; poems by Mel Glenn
_________. 1991. My friendís got this problem Mr. Chandler.
_________. 1995. Slam Dunk! Basketball poems.
_________. 1996. Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? A mystery in poems
_________. 1997. The Taking of Room 114; a hostage drama in poems.
_________. 1999. Foreign Exchange; a mystery in poems
Some of his earlier works are out of print but they are still popular.

Grimes, Nikki. 2002. Bronx Masquerade. New York: Dial Books. 
The poems in this book are pivotal to the story of a group of New York students who participate in classroom ďOpen MikeĒ sessions of poetry sharing. Each studentís poems are unique and different. This is sure to be a hit with teachers who are working on a poetry unit in class as well as with YA readers. 

Janesczko, Paul. 1993. Stardust Otel. New York: Orchard Books. 
A young boy writes about his life with his parents, who were and still are hippies. 

Koertge, Ron. 2001 Brimstone Journals. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
_________. 2003. Shakespeare Bats Cleanup. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.

Myers, Walter Dean. 1993. Brown Angels: An album of pictures and verse.
________. 1996. Harlem: A poem
________. 2000. Angel to Angel: A motherís gift of love.
________. 2003. Blues Journey. 
The author is a perennial favorite of YA readers. Harlem, a description of the neighbor, and Blues Journey, describing the evolution of a musical genre, are very popular with YA boys.

Rocklin, Joanne. 1997. For Your Eyes Only. New York: Scholastic. 
Sixth grade girls start writing poetry with the help and support of an understanding teacher. 

Seuss, Dr. Any and all of his books. 
Although they were written for young children, his works are popular with YA readers. 

Shakur, Tupac. 1999. The Rose that grew from concrete. New York: Pocket Books. 
This collection of the rapperís earliest works is not a novel, but is extremely popular with YA readers. He wrote about his life in poverty and his experiences. Most were written before he became a rapper and are not as violent and/or graphic as his later works. The inclusion of his handwritten versions of the poems really interest the readers.

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