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Sep 14, 2021 | ISBN 9781635925111

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  • Sep 14, 2021 | ISBN 9781635925111 | Middle Grade (8-12)

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Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

★ ’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…. (w)ritten from Garvey’s point of view, the succinct verses convey the narrative as well as his emotions with brevity, clarity, and finesse.’  —Booklist, starred review

★ ”(A) sensitively written middle grade novel in verse… (readers) will fall hard for Garvey, a tender, sincere boy who dislikes athletics. Grimes writes about adolescent friendships in a way that feels deeply human. A short, sweet, satisfying novel in verse that educators and readers alike will love.” —School Library Journal, starred review

★ ”Grimes’ newest follows a young black boy searching for his own unique voice, lost among his father’s wishes and society’s mischaracterizations. This compassionate, courageous, and hopeful novel explores the constraints placed on black male identity and the corresponding pains and struggles that follow when a young black boy must confront these realities both at home and in school…. This graceful novel risks stretching beyond easy, reductive constructions of black male coming-of-age stories and delivers a sincere, authentic story of resilience and finding one’s voice.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Grimes tells a big-hearted story of Garvey…(e)mploying the Japanese poetic form of tanka—five-line poems (or, here, stanzas) with haiku-like syllable counts—Grimes reveals Garvey’s thoughts, feelings, and observations, the spare poetry a good vehicle for a young man’s attempts to articulate the puzzle that is his life.” —The Horn Book


ALSC Notable Children’s Books AWARD

American Library Association’s YALSA Quick Pick AWARD

Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year AWARD

Chicago Public Library Best Books AWARD

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices AWARD

Junior Library Guild Selection AWARD

Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books AWARD

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year AWARD

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