Search Results: "Nikki Grimes"


BOOK REVIEW

OH, BROTHER! by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Ideal for kids coping with new step-siblings. (Picture book. 5-10)"
When his mother remarries, a young boy resents his new stepbrother until he discovers they have a lot in common. Read full book review >

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BRONX MASQUERADE by Nikki Grimes
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"At the end of the term, a new student who is black and Vietnamese finds a morsel of hope that she too will find a place in the poetry. (Fiction. 12-15)"
This is almost like a play for 18 voices, as Grimes (Stepping Out with Grandma Mac, not reviewed, etc.) moves her narration among a group of high school students in the Bronx. Read full book review >

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AT BREAK OF DAY by Nikki Grimes
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Other contemporary creation stories, such as Julius Lester's What a Truly Cool World and Caitl°n Matthews's The Blessing Seed (both, 1998) could be used with this one for a tender trilogy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lovely and poetic recasting of the Biblical creation story in a modern spirit, from the versatile Grimes (My Man Blue, p. 721, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Some pictures achieve a shimmering intensity: those created for 'Sunset' and 'Once' are so full of motion, they hardly lie still on the page. (glossary) (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
PLB 0-688-15998-2 From Grimes (My Man Blue, p. 721, etc.), 13 brief poems about the art of weaving, literally and figuratively. Read full book review >

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JAZMIN'S NOTEBOOK by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Especially effective are Jazmin's witty descriptions of neighbors and local characters; just as compelling is Jazmin's interior landscape, in which a wiser, more reflective voice hints at the young woman—and writer—she'll become. (Fiction. 10-12)"
There's a poetic soul taking notes up on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, and her name is Jazmin Shelby, the star witness to the hard lives and high hopes in a novel from Grimes (Come Sunday, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO PARIS by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Given the dearth of success stories featuring foster children and bi-racial characters, this is all the more important. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eight-year-old Paris Richmond has never had it easy. Read full book review >

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DARK SONS by Nikki Grimes
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The strength of the poetry along with this assumption that religion and a relationship with God are an integral part of life distinguishes and illuminates the narrative. (Fiction. YA)"
Grimes contrasts the Biblical story of Abraham's son Ishmael with present day Samuel's trying to cope with divorce and his father's remarriage. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT OF MARY by Nikki Grimes
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Enough said."
Children's author Grimes (From a Child's Heart, 1993, etc.) does an adult turn with this mild historical fiction about the mother of Jesus. Read full book review >

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ONE LAST WORD by Nikki Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This striking, passionate anthology reminds young readers and adult fans of poetry alike that while black life remains 'no crystal stair,' there remains reason to hope and a reserve of courage from which to draw. (historical note, author's notes, biographies, sources, index) (Poetry. 10 & up)"
Timely and thought-provoking, Grimes' collection transports young readers through the enduring expressiveness of the Harlem Renaissance, juxtaposing classic poems of the era with her own original work and full-color art by contemporary African-American illustrators. Read full book review >

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GARVEY'S CHOICE by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This graceful novel risks stretching beyond easy, reductive constructions of black male coming-of-age stories and delivers a sincere, authentic story of resilience and finding one's voice. (Verse novel. 8-13)"
Written in poignantly poetic tanka verse, Grimes' newest follows a young black boy searching for his own unique voice, lost among his father's wishes and society's mischaracterizations. Read full book review >

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WORDS WITH WINGS by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"An inspirational exploration of caring among parent, teacher and child—one of Grimes' best. (Poetry. 8-12)"
In this delightfully spare narrative in verse, Coretta Scott King Award-winning Grimes examines a marriage's end from the perspective of a child. Read full book review >