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Bronx masquerade

by Grimes, Nikki,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA GRIMES Nikki
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA GRIMES Nikki
Upper St. Clair Township Library Teen Fiction TEEN GRIMES
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN GRIMES
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When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class, some of his classmates clamor to read their poems aloud too. Soon they're having weekly poetry sessions and, one by one, the eighteen students are opening up and taking on the risky challenge of self-revelation. There's Lupe Alvarin, desperate to have a baby so she will feel loved. Raynard Patterson, hiding a secret behind his silence. Porscha Johnson, needing an outlet for her anger after her mother OD's. Through the poetry they share and narratives in which they reveal their most intimate thoughts about themselves and one another, their words and lives show what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7-12. Tyrone Bittings doesn't believe in a future: "Life is cold . . . What I've got is right here, right now, with my homeys." But an English-class open mike changes everything. Grimes' first novel since Jazmin's Notebook (1998) comprises brief monologues in the voices of students and their poems. Funny and painful, awkward and abstract, the poems talk about race, abuse, parental love, neglect, death, and body image ("Don't any of these girls like the way they look?" asks Tyrone). Most of all, they try to reveal the individuals beyond the stereotypes. With such short vignettes, the characters are never fully realized, and the message about poetry's ability to move beyond color and cultural boundaries is anything but subtle. Even so, readers will enjoy the lively, smart voices that talk bravely about real issues and secret fears. A fantastic choice for readers' theater. --Gillian Engberg"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A high school teacher in the Bronx hosts open-mike poetry in his classroom, and his students forge unexpected connections with one another. "The creative, contemporary premise will hook teens, and the poems may even inspire readers to try a few of their own," wrote PW. Ages 12-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Poetry -- Juvenile fiction.
Identity (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction.
Ethnicity -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
High schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Audience 12 and up.
Language English
Notes Includes introduction by the author.
Includes an excerpt from Between the lines.
Awards Coretta Scott King Award, author, 2003
Description 167 pages, 15 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 0425289761
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