Jazmin's Notebook

Jazmin's Notebook

by Nikki Grimes


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Jazmin Shelby was "born with clenched fists"-which is okay, since she's got a lot of fighting ahead of her. Her dad died a couple of years back, and now that her mom's in the hospital, it's just her and her big sister, CeCe. But that's fine by Jazmin. She's got her friends, her school, lots of big plans for the future-and a zest for life and laughter that's impossible to resist.

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A Booklist Editors' Choice Book
A Child Study Children's Book Committee Children's Book of the Year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141307022
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 195,033
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 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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copyright ?1998 by Nikki Grimes published by Dial Books for Young Readers A Member of Penguin Putnam Inc. - excerpt (pages 14-25)FOR SALEI pass the used-goods store peek at the bronzed baby shoes useless and dusty in the window.

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Jazmin's Notebook 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
daanielle More than 1 year ago
There is just something about a girl and her diary. Jazmin's Notebook is a story that is based on the writings of a 14 year old African American girl. In the story this young girl spends most of her days parked on her apartment stoop. She has a perfect view of her city and all that happens around her. Throughout the pages readers will come to discover that Jazmin's spirit is one that is determined. She is quite the fighter as well as a big dreamer! And thats quite a lethal combination of characteristics to possess in a child. I recommend this book for young girls in middle school. Jazmin has a wonderful spirit and could potentially serve as a positive influence towards her readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. i did like it. It showed teamwork.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jazmin¿s notebook was an o.k. book. It has its good and bad parts. For an example, the part when she and her sister CeCe have poker games to raise money for them to buy shirts, pants, books, and food was good because it snowed examples of survival and teamwork. The book was bad at times because it was slow moving and just kind of boring, but over all this book was pretty good because of them working so hard for money, to feed themselves, to have clothes to wear every day. A different outfit. So I would recommend fthis book because of the teamwork and effort part of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jazmin's notebook, was a fascinating book. It was unbelievable to believe that a girl around my age maybe a year or two older, and that she can survive without a mom, or a dad, and just her older sister to guide and support her. It's really unbelievable to read about, how she got through, and survived. I really reccomend this book for everyone, no matter what age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jazmin goes through alot of foster care over the years;by her mother being in the hospital,and her father being dead,she has no other choice.So does her older sister CeCe,whom she lives with now.There's alot more to this book,than you may think.So if you're a deep,poetic,thoughtful person,and you love to read,this is the book for you!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Jazmins Notebook is very good even though i am only on page 17! I like how there is poetry in the beggining of each chapter. Most books do not have that i really injoy that! I also like books that are notebooks and that are real or made up but i like them to be like a Diary. ihave read a lot of books in my life even though i am only 12 years old. This one has something i really really like about it. I had to go to the library at the Hackettstown Middle School to find a book that is Realistic Fiction. The one book Jazmins Notebook just stood out. Now i have to do a report and give a oral speech i hope i do well.