Between the Lines is a book I had no idea I needed in my life. This book takes you through the different lives of high school students in a poetry class. I was so captivated in the story that I set the book down several times to just reflect on the characters lives. I really enjoy books that bring different characters together and show how they interact and effect each others lives.
This thought-provoking companion to Nikki Grimes' Coretta Scott King Award-winning Bronx Masquerade, about a boy who takes a poetry class to become a better reporter, shows the capacity poetry has to express ideas and feelings, and connect us with ourselves and others.
Darrian dreams of writing for the New York Times. To hone his skills and learn more about the power of words, he enrolls in Mr. Ward's class, known for its open-mic poetry readings and boys vs. girls poetry slam.
Everyone in class has something important to say and in sharing their poetry, the class learns that everyone has challenges they must deal with--whether it is health problems; worries about aging out of foster care; being bullied for religious beliefs; or having to take on too much responsibility because of an addicted parent, each kid has a story to tell. As Darrian and his classmates get to know one another through poetry, they bond over the shared experiences and truth that emerge from their writing, despite their private struggles and outward differences.
Meet the talented Nikki Grimes
Nikki Grimes received the Coretta Scott King Award for Bronx Masquerade, and has also received four Coretta Scott King Honors. She has written more than fifty books, including The Road to Paris, Jazmin's Notebook, the Dyamonde Daniel series, and the New York Times bestseller Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope.
The first thing that came to mind when I started this book was that is reminded me of freedom writers. It was such an inspiring read. Not only did it make me think that you really don't know what other people have going on in their lives and you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but it also made me realize the impact poetry can have. This book literally came to life for me and I found myself caring about the characters and hoping the absolute best for them.
I highly recommend you pick up this book as soon as possible. It's not a super long read but its a book that amkes you think about it, long after you've turned the last page.
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