RICH by Nikki Grimes

RICH

A Dyamonde Daniel Book
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

“Dyamonde liked to know everything, and she’d made up her mind that she was going to get to know Damaris Dancer.” Third graders Dyamonde and her friend Free make a new friend and discover what it really means to be rich. Free, whose father’s job loss has meant unfamiliar and unwelcome belt-tightening, is challenged by ever-optimistic Dyamonde to rethink his definition of what it means to be poor. A poetry contest with a cash reward offers Free the hope of a coveted video game. When shy, enigmatic Damaris also enters the competition, the duo becomes a trio. Damaris’s hidden life in a homeless shelter becomes public through her poetry, and the three friends learn together about true wealth. Fast-paced, believable urban school situations, including a memorable visit to a thrift store, make this a particularly relevant series entry for chapter-book readers. Christie’s light pen-and-ink sketches bring these good-hearted characters to life. Young readers will wish they had a friend like Dyamonde. (Fiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-399-25176-4
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Putnam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009




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