Audacity by Melanie Crowder, about women's labor rights activist Clara Lemlich, was December's book club pick. Members enjoyed the novel in verse format, where the book is written as poetry instead of prose. See below for more YA titles written in verse:
|Out of This Place by Emma Cameron
Three Australian teens struggle with hardscrabble realities.
|The One by Sarah Crossan
Sixteen-year-old conjoined twins Tippi and Grace learn that a cardiac problem will force them to have separation surgery, which they have never before considered.
|The Good Braider by Terry Farish
Viola, a teenager who escapes the civil war in Sudan with her family, readjusts to her new life and a different culture in Portland, Maine.
|Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank
Two very different girls bond while hospitalized for Crohn's disease.
|Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
Addie has always been running--until she gets pregnant and makes a choice.
|books by Ellen Hopkins
Honest portrayal of teens dealing with issues including drugs, suicide, relationships, and sex.
|Believarexic by J.J. Johnson
A teen convinces her parents to commit her to the Eating Disorders Unit of a psychiatric hospital in 1988, where the treatment for her bulimia and anorexia is not what she expects.
|The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Daisy feels imprisoned by her brother Steven's autism and its effects. Her only escape is through her trumpet into the world of jazz, but when her parents decide to send Steven to an institution she is not ready to let him go.
|Up from the Sea by Leza Lowitz
A teen's point of view of the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.
|Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
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.
|Saving Red by Sonya Sones
Molly reluctantly volunteers to participate in Santa Monica's annual homeless count to fulfill her school's community service requirement. When she ends up meeting Red, a spirited homeless girl only a few years older than she is, Molly makes it her mission to reunite her with her family in time for Christmas.
|Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Based on the true story of two girls sent to Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
|The Watch That Ends the Night by Alan Wolf
The 1912 sinking of the Titanic told from multiple points of view.