Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

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A Coretta Scott King Award winner!

Using the structure of a poetry slam, Nikki Grimes' award-winning novel is a powerful exploration of self, an homage to spoken-word poetry, and an intriguing look into the life of eighteen urban teens. This anniversary edition--celebrating ten years of this wonderfully evocative work--will feature discussion questions, testimonials from teachers, and an all new introduction from the author.

"All of the [students], black, Latino, white, male, and female, talk about the unease and alienation endemic to their ages, and they do it in fresh and appealing voices. Rich and complex."
Kirkus Reviews

"As always, Grimes gives young people exactly what they're looking for—real characters who show them they are not alone."
School Library Journal

"Readers will enjoy the lively, smart voices that talk bravely, about real issues and secret fears. A fantastic choice."
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About Nikki Grimes

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Nikki Grimes conveyed the fire-in-the-belly fervor of a Harlem girl who knows she was born to write in Jazmin's Notebook, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. In My Man Blue, a Booklist Editor's Choice and Newsweek Children's Books of the Year selection, her artful words expressed a boy's journey from skepticism to trust. And now with Bronx Masquerade she presents a rich chorus of eighteen voices, singing openly about ideas, feelings, and questions--things that open minds, invite debate, provide release. A recent Booklist review proclaims: "As always, Grimes gives young people exactly what they're looking for--real characters who show them they are not alone." An accomplished poet, novelist, journalist, and educator, Ms. Grimes was born and raised in New York City and now lives in the Los Angeles area. You can learn more about her at this website address: www.visitingauthors.com
 
Published December 29, 2003 by Speak. 188 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Joy / is not a crime, though / some people / make it seem so.” 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.

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A high school teacher in the Bronx hosts open-mike poetry in his classroom, and his students forge unexpected connections with one another.

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When a high school teacher in the Bronx begins to host open-mike poetry in his classroom on Fridays, his students find a forum to express their identity issues and forge unexpected connections with one another.

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