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Julie JustDyamonde, a third grader, has "wild-crazy hair," is "skinnier than half a toothpick" and is more than equal to the challenge of entering the crowded field of confident grade school heroines.
—The New York Times
This book ROCKS!!
I try to find books that I think my 'reading buddy' can relate to and will enjoy. Both she and I loved this book so much - we are eagerly anticipating the next in the series - 'Rich'.
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I'm not going to write a synopsis of the book as this has already been done quite well by the experts. I just had to alert other teachers to this book. Most teachers are aware of the beautiful poetry that Nikki Grimes has written, but I was surprised to see that she had also written this book and the 2nd Dyamonde Daniel book, "Rich." I teach 4th grade in an urban setting in downtown Albany, NY and all of my students are of African-American descent. The girls just LOVED this book. It is not a high action book but the setting and characters are ones that my students can relate to. There are so few contemporary books that my students can connect to and I was thrilled to see that an author of Nikki Grimes' caliber decided to try her hand at writing in this genre. I have assigned it a Guided Reading Level of M and it is a high interest book for older readers reading at this lower level. Several of my girls struggle to find books that they like to read during silent reading time. "Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel" and "Rich" have had my readers engrossed for hours! They can't wait for Nikki Grimes to write another Dyamonde Daniel book and neither can I! (Some of my boys are waiting to get their hands on my two classroom copies of this book so they can see what all the girls are fussing about!)
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Posted August 20, 2009
Dyamonde has a special personality, which you will quickly find out as you start reading this book. Building a friendship with someone new just like herself eases the fear for both Dyamonde and Free. Looking forward to reading the next Dyamonde Daniel book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.