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Bronx Masquerade

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The book A Bronx Masaquerade provides a literary emotonal, book that ispires us to take a stand, and to look at all the oppertunities life has to offer.

This is the first book of Nikki Grimes' that I have ever read and I loved it. "Bronx Masquerade" gives teens like me, a whole new perspective on not only the importance and enjoyment of literature and poetry but also the identities of individuals in a diverse society. T...
This is the first book of Nikki Grimes' that I have ever read and I loved it. "Bronx Masquerade" gives teens like me, a whole new perspective on not only the importance and enjoyment of literature and poetry but also the identities of individuals in a diverse society. The fact that this book is writen by teen's thoughts about themselves and others and the pomes they create in response to these thoughts really capture your attention. Each of the 18 students learns something about himself that changes his perspective about his future. A young black teenager who sees no future for himself in a community where guns and violence have taken over suddenly realizes he has a passion for words. A chubby teenage girl notices that her friends no long pay attention to the way she looks because they have become so immersed in her beautiful poetry. All of this comes from writing poems and reading them in front of the class on what their teacher calls Open Mike Friday. The poems these students "write" are so creative and really make this book quite unique. I could not put it down because I was so eager to read how these people living their everyday lives in the slums, were going to write about their lives in the ghetto. This book shows us that they are allowed to different and they are allowed to be smart. It's ok to want to read and do well in school. I think that any teen that is interested in poetry, or rap for that matter, even in the slightest should read this book. I am truly inspired.

posted by puertoricosf on April 3, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Terrible

The story is pointless.i had to read this for a class assignment and really its about kids with problems telling to the class through some of the most fake and uninpiring poems DONT get this book please

posted by 18133417 on April 6, 2013

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

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    This book is boring. Its nothing special and is not awe-inspiring or awfully original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    not that great

    Tyrone bittings is a Bronx teenager who is strugling to decide rather or not he wants to drop out of school. With the support of his friend ,Wsly Boon, he manages to hang on. What he odsent know is he is about to have many more friends as he gets to know them on Mr.Ward's 'open mike friday'. Kids begin to share their life storys threw poetry and communicating with each other. One at a time they open up and reveal themselfs. This book is emotional and semi-boring with some heart brake (if your that kind of person). I recomend it to people who like sad/depressing storys about kids who will not get anywhere yet think they will

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    a quik review

    Bronx masquerade is a book by Nikki Grimes. The book takes place in the inner city with kids that have lived there with problems. There are 18 kids in the book that do a thing called Open Mike Friday. They read poems in front of the class to shear their poems. This is how they talk about their lives and problems to come. The things I really liked about the book Bronx Masquerade is that the book shows different life styles. It really shows how inner city kids are and the hard times they deal with. The kids show how they got where they are, and all the things that are going on today. The book is a good classroom book to show what life is like in the Bronx. One thing I did not like about this book would be it jumps from character to character. I like to stick to one main character for a book that deals with problems like in this book. A book like this one you only want to read once. If I had to rate this book from 1-10 it would be a 5 because I think it was not that good. That is just my thought you should read it for yourself. You might like it.

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    Posted October 1, 2012

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