Monday, January 23, 2017

Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes

Above all else, Garvey just wants to be accepted. While he can deal with the rejection from his peers (they don’t know the real him anyway), his father’s indifference is harder to accept. Garvey’s father longs for the kind of son who plays football, roughhouses and likes to run around. But, Garvey doesn’t and can’t live up to those expectations. Instead of being the “man-boy” his father had hoped, Garvey is just the opposite.

When the new school year starts, Garvey feels like he can handle the taunts and teasing from his classmates, as long as he and Joe are together. When Joe gets transferred to a new lunch period, Garvey must face the long school day alone. The days seem endless until he meets Manny, another social outcast with big dreams. Manny and Garvey form a unique friendship and Manny teaches Garvey that the only person holding him back is himself.

Nikki Grimes delivers this honest, touching story through a series of tanka poems. Due to the sparseness of the text, each word carries great meaning and mood. This beautifully written book weaves together Grimes’ carefully chosen words creating a lasting narrative of acceptance and self-belief.

Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes

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