Nikki Grimes’s verse memoir recounts her traumatic childhood, first with a schizophrenic mother then bouncing through foster homes. At age 6, Grimes discovers the power of words and writing and the art form preserves her spirit and gifts us the writer we know today.
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For another verse novel from Grimes, check out Bronx Masquerade. After Wesley shares a poem in his high school English class, his other classmates of varying races and circumstances want to get in on writing and performing poetry too. So, over the school year, their teacher Mr. Ward allows his class to become a makeshift poetry slam center. This book, by the ever-masterful Nikki Grimes, is a mix of prose and poetry.