Celebrated author Nikki Grimes turns her soulful, searching gaze to themes of destiny and determination sure to strike a chord in anyone going through the difficult, joyous struggle of growing up. Reflecting on her own childhood experiences, she offers twenty-eight poems exploring the pleasures and pains of charting your own path?and taking a few lumps along the way. In words straight from the heart and straight from the hip, this honest, uplifting collection will spark ideas, light a path, and encourage young readers to discover the person they might someday become. Nikki Grimes created this collection expressly to speak to the lives of older children. She is an acclaimed author, poet, lecturer, and educator who was born and raised in New York City. Nikki Grimes lives in Seattle, Washington. Angelo lives in New York City.