The rhythm of the game and the lives of the athletes - a double win. Booked is about soccer, a father who loves words and a son who resists reading, and the coolest school librarian ever. Crossover and Rebound are about basketball - twin boys who are exploring life independently - and Rebound is their father’s story of finding the sport during a summer when he is sent to live with his grandparents.
Tony is sent to live with his great-uncle when his mother is in prison, and his uncle works with mountain rescue dogs. Engle has written many verse novels, most set in her native Cuba. The Surrender Tree, The Poet-Slave of Cuba, and Hurricane Dancers are three of her award winning books.
A freak shark attack leaves Jane without an arm and struggling to figure out how to manage her life. Her story becomes one of resilience and redefining ways to pursue her passions.
Willow is determined to drive her dog sled team to her grandparents’ house over her parents’ objections. Each page about Willow is in the shape of a diamond, with the center words and summary in bold.
Two girls meet again at summer camp. They realize that the first time they met, Wren was hidden in Darra’s garage after Darra’s father stole the car without noticing her in the back seat. Wren’s words are told in verse, and Darra’s words are summarized by reading the last word in the longer lines.
Also by Helen Frost: Crossing Stones - a World War I story in four voices
Garvey wants to sing. His father wants him to play football. The two learn to listen to each other in this verse novel. Also by Nikki Grimes: Planet Middle School, Words With Wings, Dark Sons.
The lyrical memoir of Woodson’s childhood in the sixties in both the south and the north. bridging two communities, growing up in the sixties in South Carolina and New York. Earlier books are also in verse novel form. (Locomotion and Peace, Locomotion)
Grace’s mother tells her to keep her head down, to obey without question, to keep her words to herself when she starts working as a house slave in the Big House. When Grace’s words get her in trouble, the family must flee to the Great Dismal Swamp. Also by Ann Burg: Serafina’s Promise, All The Broken Pieces.
May’s father tells her she must accept the job working for a woman who is new to life on the prairie. She is left in the house when a blizzard comes and must survive alone.
Fans of Out of My Mind are especially interested in reading about another girl in a wheelchair. Josie’s world shrinks when her beloved farmland turns into housing lots but grows when she makes her first real friend.
When Reena moves to Maine, she doesn’t expect to become friends with an eccentric neighbor and her ornery cow. Also by Creech: Love That Dog and Hate That Cat