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A Girl Named Mister
     

A Girl Named Mister

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by Nikki Grimes
 

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Mary Rudine, called Mister by almost everyone, has attended church and sung in the choir for as long as she can remember. But then she meets Trey. His long lashes and smooth words make her question what she knows is right, and one mistake leaves her hiding a growing secret. Mary is excited about her upcoming wedding, and has done everything according to Jewish law.

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A Girl Named Mister 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
LeAnneH More than 1 year ago
Nice Christian girl gets pregnant is not a new plot line, but Nikki Grimes's poetry gives fresh insights into an all-too-familiar story. Poetry touches emotions in a way that prose often misses. "Ankle deep,/my faith a thing/ I wade in now and then." Mary Rodine (MR) takes courage from a book of poems about the Virgin Mary, facing the same physical changes and stigma of an unexpected pregnancy as Mister. The book is a quick read-lots of white space on the page, which can make it attractive to reluctant readers. The tone, frank and full of attitude, reminds me of Helen Frost's Keesha's House. Unfortunately, I suspect the metaphors and structure of poetry would make it inaccessible to the kids I have worked with in Africa for whom English is not their first language. The message would be well received there if the level of English reading fluency is high enough. I highly recommend A Girl Named Mister for your church library. Excerpts could make great discussion-starters in a youth group, and it may just encourage a girl in trouble as the book about Mary did Mister.
KLBCHOICES More than 1 year ago
Mary Rudine: First it was Mary, then it was M.R. Mister is all anybody calls me now... Mister wears a purity ring. She has made the choice to save herself for the man she marries, but then she meets Trey and finds out that a commitment to abstain from sex can be more difficult to keep than she thought. Before Trey, Mister was a good Christian girl. After Trey, she was still a good Christian girl even though she didn't think so; she just made a bad choice. A few sweet, soft-spoken words and sensual touches from a good-looking guy and Mister compromised her beliefs. A momentary lapse of reason and she allowed herself to be used. She didn't realize that at the time, because she believed Trey really cared about her. She needed to find a way to move on without guilt or shame. Mary, Mary was a book of poetry about Christ's mother and it belonged to Mister's mother. Mister read it faithfully and it was in those pages where she found comfort and answers to her questions. A Girl Named Mister is written in verse. This format worked better in some chapters than others. What I mean is that certain chapters had more of a poetic feel. SOFT was my favorite. Mister made a mistake that teenage girls make every day. She regretted her choice and she wasn't sure how to cope with her pregnancy. She is a very realistic character and there will be readers - Christian or not - who will identify with her. I found out about this story when a Facebook friend brought the free e-book to my attention (My mobile phone had a Free Amazon Kindle app. I am so amazed at technology these days!) Even though I'm not really into poetry like I used to be many years ago, I enjoyed this book. I liked it so much, in fact, that I purchased the hardcover soon after I read the e-book. It is a must read for teenage girls and their parents. I highly recommend it! Parents: There is a bit of profanity and sexual content.
booksandbeverages 5 days ago
I love when a book surprises me. It can be in the plot, the characters, theme, etc. My first book from Nikki Grimes surprised me in style. With short and poetic entries, the story quickly grabs your attention and holds it the whole way through. With short, yet insightful entries, Grimes takes us on a journey of a teenager living though the choices she makes. I enjoyed that the entries were like living inside her journal. They were honest and the journey of God redeeming her choices was encouraging and a reminder we could all use. I also really enjoyed the entries from Mary. How might Mary have felt while carrying Jesus? What might have she thought? A gift, no doubt, but not an easy one. So much we can learn! “Maybe it’s God reminding me I’m not as alone as I thought.” A reminder we all need, no matter what situations we find ourselves in. This is such a quick and lyrical read, I invite you to give it a shot. I’d love to hear what you think about it. Who are some of your favorite poets? (Thank you to Blink YA for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.) Originally posted at http://booksandbeverages.org/2017/03/15/girl-named-mister-nikki-grimes-book-review/
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