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Bronx Masquerade

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teens find true selves through poetry in heartfelt novel.

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Thrilling, fast-paced, and heartfelt, this novel shows that with the right opportunity, students can take power over stereotypes and show who they truly are to themselves, one another, and the world. Author Nikki Grimes creates a moving snapshot of several students as we follow them through their exploration and discovery of poetry. These are normal kids with real-world problems who are learning how to navigate societal, family, and self-esteem issues. Grimes brings them into the reader's living room and makes readers fall in love with them. Grimes' poetry shows rather than tells the story, and that makes Bronx Masquerade a remarkable, heartwarming read.

The book's pacing and subject matter makes it great for reluctant readers, as well. Parents and teachers will love the opportunity to discuss historical and current poets of note.

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