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A young tomboy comes of age on and off the basketball court.
In free-flowing free-verse poems, multi–award-winning author and poet Grimes (A Girl Named Mister, 2010, etc.) here explores the riot of hormones and expected gender roles that can make negotiating the preteen years such a challenge. Twelve-year-old Joylin "Jockette" Johnson prefers jeans, T-shirts and one-on-one basketball games with her father or friend Jake to conforming to the more demure, feminine image her mother has of her. Sassy, self-assured Joy enjoys the simple math of her life—"friends / plus family / plus sports"—until she begins to notice "two weird mounds ruining / the perfect flatness / of [her] chest" and gets her first period, which she deems, "the end of life / as I know it." Beset by physical changes, Joy also finds herself witness and prey to unfamiliar behavior; Jake begins to show interest in her friend KeeLee, and Joy herself tries to adopt a more feminine persona to attract the attention of Santiago, a fellow basketballer with "sweet brown curls / bouncing above killer green eyes." Though Grimes' plot development is rather predictable—a life-threatening accident leads Joy to reassess her priorities—her accessible verse and clear themes of self-acceptance and open-mindedness ring true.
A work that should help adolescent readers find the courage and humor to grow into the individuals they already are. (Verse fiction. 9-14)
Posted September 18, 2013
This is a preaty good book an di am almost done with it. The way it is wrote reminds me of I Heart You, You Haunt Me, which is alsp a great book.
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Posted April 26, 2013
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Posted February 28, 2012
The poems are expresive, lovely, beautiful, abstract, and creative; but the sample is only "22" pages long, which seems pretty lengthy for a free sample- only the title page, acknowledgements, and table of contents are so long ithat the sample is about 4 pages; the equivalent of 2 1/2 poems! Good poetry, but way too short! Buy the real thing if you have the money for it! BAAAAAD SAMPLE!
NOTE: The poems are 4 stars, but the length is 0 stars!
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Posted March 11, 2013
My name is Milkway, and I could make an exemplary Forrest Deputist on the quest for the Jekk king. I have forty eight emeralds and am also really responsible. I come from the Lightning stone clan. I would greatly appreciate it if I was chosen.
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Posted December 10, 2012
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