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Garvey's choice

by Grimes, Nikki,

Format: Kindle Book 2016 2016
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"Garvey's father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading--anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey's life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father--by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports." --
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Garvey is tired of his father's attempts to turn him into something he's not: an athlete. Avoiding outdoor activities, he comforts himself with food and music. Inevitably, he gains weight, but it isn't the physical discomfort of climbing stairs at school that bothers him it's the teasing about his size. His best friend encourages him to join the school chorus, where he learns, in addition to music, how to deal with name-calling, how to use his exceptional tenor voice, and, ultimately, how to connect with his father through a genuine shared interest. Garvey's growing confidence gives him a different perspective and even leads him to take up running. A Coretta Scott King Author Award winner and the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, Grimes returns to the novel in verse format, creating voice, characters, and plot in a series of pithy tanka poems, a traditional Japanese form similar to haiku but using five lines. While the story ends on a hopeful note, Grimes is clear that it takes work and time, as well as insight and determination, to create real change. Written from Garvey's point of view, the succinct verses convey the narrative as well as his emotions with brevity, clarity, and finesse.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Writing in five-line tanka poems, Grimes (Words with Wings) weaves a heart-wrenching story about a boy who isn't the jock his father dreamed he would be. Garvey loves books and, despite his father's efforts, cannot get excited about sports. He eats to mask the pain of his father's disappointment and is teased at school for his size. Help arrives in the form of friends Joe and Manny, an albino boy who embraces his difference, but when Garvey risks joining the school chorus and lets his voice soar, he learns to become proud of what he can do, instead of focusing on what he can't. In simple, searing language, Grimes captures Garvey's heartache at his father's inability to accept him as he is, as well as the casual but wounding teasing Garvey endures at school ("The change bell always/ sinks fear into me like teeth./ Ugly name-calling leaves me with bloody bite marks:/ lard butt, fatso, Mister Tubbs"). Garvey's journey to self-acceptance is deeply moving and will linger with readers long after they finish this brief, incisive verse novel. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Fathers and sons Juvenile fiction
Hobbies Juvenile fiction
Novels in verse
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Electronic books.
Novels in verse.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Astra Publishing House2016
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience Text Difficulty 2 - Text Difficulty 3
MG/Middle grades (4th-8th)
Language English
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ISBN 9781629797472
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