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Author: Grimes, Nikki
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
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Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 55292
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Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.10
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 32690
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Wings Over Adversity, Disk: M-19
Booklist - 02/15/2002 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. - Copyright 2002 Booklist.