To This Day – Shane Koyczan

To this dayIn February of 2013 Shane Koyczan’s passionate anti-bullying poem To This Day electrified the world. An animated video of the poem went viral, racking up over 12 million hits and inspiring an international movement against bullying in schools. Now this extraordinary poem has been illustrated by thirty artists from around the world. Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colours and words. Born of Shane’s own experiences of being bullied as a child, To This Day expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the inner strength that allows people to move beyond the names they’re called.

Shane Koyczan’s website

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Jinx – Margaret Wild

“Do not love me……….Be warned!……….I am Jinx.” Find out how Jen becomes Jinx in this verse novel of love, heartache and joy.
Recommended age: 14+

Allen & Unwin

Out of the dust – Karen Hesse

A moving story, written in verse, of how a young girl survives extreme hardship and family tragedy while growing up in the devastated landscape of Oklahoma in the 1930’s.
Recommended age: 12+

Grosse Pointe School

The simple gift – Steven Herrick

Sixteen years old Billy steals a ride out of town on a freight train, to escape his abusive father. While living as a hobo, he meets Caitlin and ‘Old Bill.’ The thoughts and feelings of the characters are revealed in this free verse novel of love and friendship.
Recommended age: 15+

Gold Creek

One night – Margaret Wild

Gabe, Bram and Al are three friends, each with their own private suffering and each behaving badly. At one of their parties, Gabe and Helen come together, a night that will have long term consequences. Relationships between many different people are explored in this quickly read verse novel that you wont quickly forget.
Recommended age: 15+

Boomerang Books

Stop pretending – Sonya Sones

Cookie’s world changes dramatically when her sister suffers a mental breakdown and ends up in a psychiatric hospital. This haunting verse novel reveals the impact her sister’s illness has on Cookie and her family. A very moving story.
Recommended age: 14+

Random Buzzers

A dangerous girl – Catherine Bateson

This verse novel explores the thoughts and emotions of four very different teenagers. It is a story of relationships, of friendship and love, which blurs the line between reality and computer fantasy.
Recommended age: 15+ (strong language)

Gold Creek