Great article from School Library Journal about YA books in verse! This list should keep you all busy for awhile.
By Jill Heritage Maza — School Library Journal, 06/01/2010
A little more than 15 years ago, novels-in-verse began appearing on publishers’ YA lists. Titles such as Virginia Euwer Wolff’s Make Lemonade and Mel Glenn’s Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? tackled meaty issues including teen pregnancy and school violence. Through verse, these authors were able to craft authentic teen voices and amplify a story’s emotional punch, all at a pace impossible to reach through prose. Shortly thereafter, Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust segued the verse novel from teen problem novel to middle-grade historical fiction. Now a staple of young adults’ reading diet, titles written in verse continue to hit the mark on trueness of voice, quickness of pace, emotional impact, and abundant white space. Realism still reigns, but writers of historical fiction and, increasingly, biography turn to verse for the same reasons. What might have felt irrelevant to a reader is rendered immediate when the inner thoughts of a character ring eerily familiar.