Jazmin's Notebook by Nikki Grimes

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Jazmin, an African American teenager who lives with her older sister in a small Harlem apartment in the 1960s, finds strength in writing poetry and keeping a record of the events in her sometimes difficult life.
 

About Nikki Grimes

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Nikki Grimes was born and raised in New York City. She began writing poetry at age six and is well-known for writing award-winning books primarily for children and young adults. Bronx Masquerade and Talkin' About Bessie both won Coretta Scott King Awards, and her poetry collections featuring Danitra Brown are very popular. Grimes received the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 2006. She has written articles for magazines including Essence and Today's Christian Woman, as well as hosted radio programs in New York and Sweden. She has lectured and read her poetry at schools in Russia, China, Sweden, and Tanzania. Grimes is also a prolific artist, creating works of fiber art, beaded jewelry, peyote beading, handmade cards, and photography.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Perfection Learning. 102 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.).

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Hard times in 1960s Harlem do not squelch the ambitions of Grimes's (Growin'; Raining Laughter) doughty protagonist, nor inhibit Jazmin from penning her eloquent ideas. Readers will be drawn into Jazm

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""Hard times in 1960s Harlem do not squelch the ambitions of this doughty poet-narrator,"" said PW.

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Readers will be drawn into Jazmin's neighborhood, where they meet the characters who have made an impact on the teen with ""coke-bottle spectacles"" and ""chicken-legs"": Jazmin's mother, institutionalized for alcoholism;

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