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Rich
     

Rich

by Nikki Grimes, The Full The Full Cast Family (Read by)
 

Author Nikki Grimes returns with another deeply satisfying story for younger listeners, this one featuring a poetry contest and a new classmate with a secret.

Dyamonde Daniel's best friend, Free, thinks he's poor. So when their teacher announces a big poetry contest, Free decides to enter—partly because he likes to rhyme, partly because he wants to be famous

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Author Nikki Grimes returns with another deeply satisfying story for younger listeners, this one featuring a poetry contest and a new classmate with a secret.

Dyamonde Daniel's best friend, Free, thinks he's poor. So when their teacher announces a big poetry contest, Free decides to enter—partly because he likes to rhyme, partly because he wants to be famous, but mostly because of the hundred dollar prize. Soon he's driving Dyamonde nuts with his crazy rhymes.

Free is not the only kid in class who's planning to enter the contest. So is Damaris Dancer, a quiet girl who is also bit mysterious. Naturally, Dyamonde sets out to learn the girl's secret. The question is, once you know someone's secret, what do you do with it?

How Dyamonde manages to weave a new friendship with an old one, and help both her friends find out important things about themselves, makes for another tremendously satisfying story about this city girl with a heart as big as all outdoors.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
[L]ooks at the sensitive issues of poverty and homelessness from different angles and in a reassuringly matter-of-fact way . . . [a] fine beginning chapter book.
Kirkus Reviews
"Dyamonde liked to know everything, and she'd made up her mind that she was going to get to know Damaris Dancer." Third graders Dyamonde and her friend Free make a new friend and discover what it really means to be rich. Free, whose father's job loss has meant unfamiliar and unwelcome belt-tightening, is challenged by ever-optimistic Dyamonde to rethink his definition of what it means to be poor. A poetry contest with a cash reward offers Free the hope of a coveted video game. When shy, enigmatic Damaris also enters the competition, the duo becomes a trio. Damaris's hidden life in a homeless shelter becomes public through her poetry, and the three friends learn together about true wealth. Fast-paced, believable urban school situations, including a memorable visit to a thrift store, make this a particularly relevant series entry for chapter-book readers. Christie's light pen-and-ink sketches bring these good-hearted characters to life. Young readers will wish they had a friend like Dyamonde. (Fiction. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501236280
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
12/29/2015
Series:
A Dyamonde Daniel Book Series , #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

NIKKI GRIMES is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, including the Coretta Scott King Awardwinner Bronx Masquerade and the New York Times bestseller Barack Obama; Son of Promise, Child of Hope. A world traveler, Nikki has spoken and performed in China, Sweden, Tanzania,
and other far-flung places. You can visit her on the web at www.nikkigrimes.com.

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