Bronx Masquerade

Bronx Masquerade

by Nikki Grimes
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Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class, some of his classmates clamor to read their poems aloud too. Soon they're having weekly poetry sessions and, one by one, the eighteen students are opening up and taking on the risky challenge of self-revelation. There's Lupe Alvarin, desperate to have a baby so she will feel loved. Raynard Patterson, hiding a secret behind his silence. Porscha Johnson, needing an outlet for her anger after her mother OD's. Through the poetry they share and narratives in which they reveal their most intimate thoughts about themselves and one another, their words and lives show what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142501894
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/29/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 49,137
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Nikki Grimes is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of dozens of children’s and young adult books as well as a poet and journalist.
 
Among the many accolades she has received are the Golden Dolphin Award (2005),the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children (2006), the Coretta Scott King Award (2003) for Bronx Masquerade, and the Horace Mann Upstanders Award (2011) for Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book. Additionally, her book Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope (illustrated by Bryan Collier) was a New York Times bestseller, and she was acknowledged as an NAACP Image Award Finalist in 1993 for her book Malcolm X: a Force for Change. Her books Meet Danitra Brown (illustrated by Floyd Cooper), Jazmin's NotebookTalkin' About Bessie (illustrated by E.B. Lewis), Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings were each awarded Coretta Scott King Honors. Visit her online at www.nikkigrimes.com.

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Bronx Masquerade 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in loved with this book. My name is Ny'Dya and one of my teachers told me to read this book, it's really good but it's also hard to read, For my level. The poems sometimes makes you want to cry. They are so good, they tell you what's going on with them and why is it happening. I don't like to read to be for real, but this book changed my mind about that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Juu r so immature its sad that u talk like a childu stupid homie :/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was different from most books I read because its written in different pov's and poetry. But I enjoyed it because it was about how you can rise above your problems, even if your problems are serious ones, and change your circumstances and your life.
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Someone bought this for me and i dont know how i got it. Weird. Otherwise, somewhat a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daaaaamn tyrone do me like tht
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about students writting poems and reading them on open mike Fridays. Tyrone tells his feelings about other students when they're done reading their poems. My favorite episode is when tyrone speaks his mind about everything. Tyrone tells his feelings about every person that makes a poem. (If you like this book you will like, Planet Middle School).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bronx Masquerade has all different things to make a teen book like good details and explains what characters look like. Everyone in this book has problems from parent problems to school bullies. They tell about their life then follow up by reading a poem. Sterling S. Hughes hugs a bully then the bully goes off. Sterling is a part of Mr.Wards English class. If you like Miracles Boys, you will like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good i like it
Aaron0596 More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I had expected. I thought that this book would be about drugs and violence. And im glad that it wasnt, I actually enjoyed certain things about the book. And the book taught me a couple of things about myself, I should be more accepting and open to hearing about other peoples lives. Because sometimes I can be closed off, I did like this book and I highly recommend it for others as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus is a really goos book. It is really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book more than I thought I would. I do not really like Tyrone, he always has something to say. But, everyones just trying to fit in, I love the end.
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Such an amazimg book. Very relatible. Great read when you feel down at times.
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I loved this book. It was very interesting. I liked how i could lmost connect with the characters. I also liked how tyrone shared his thoughts about each persons poem. The book was emotional i felt mad when chankara talked about her boyfriend beatting her up and i felt angry with the boyfriend for doing this even thiugh he is not real. I was sad when i read lupes story. And when i read glorias i felt lucky for my life. Thank you karen for making us read this!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this book now for la and i love it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book opens your eyes to the children living in the Bronx. It tells the story in a form of poetry. the characters make you laugh,cry,and think. IT is suprisingly realistic and tells an amazing story. I would recommend this to absolutely ANYONE.