Gabby's world is filled with daydreams. However, what began as an escape from her parents' arguments has now taken over her life. But with the help of a new teacher, Gabby the dreamer might just become Gabby the writer, and words that carried her away might allow her to soar. Written in vivid, accessible poems, this remarkable verse novel is a celebration of imagination, of friendship, of one girl's indomitable spirit, and of a teacher's ability to reach out and change a life.
Nikki Grimes has been awarded a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award. Words with Wings has been named a 2014 ALSC Notable Children's Book in the middle readers category.
About the Author
Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her books include the New York Times best seller Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope and the Dyamonde Daniel chapter book series. She won the Coretta Scott King Award for Bronx Masquerade and earned a Coretta Scott King Author Honor five times—for Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. Grimes lives in Corona, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A beautifully executed book where the words really do have wings and fly. This book works so well in verse, because the topic and main character lend themselves to such poetic words and thoughts. Great for kids working on poetry in school or who love poetry in general. I received a copy of this book as a judge for the Cybils awards. Opinions are strictly my own.
Nikki Grimes' novel in verse is a celebration of imagination sure to inspire young dreamers everywhere and to encourage their teachers and parents to help them harness that creative energy and turn it into a passion they can pursue with confidence. Perfect for reading aloud with third and fourth graders, Words with Wings takes the fears and hopes of one child and spins them into a story for children of all ages. Grimes is particularly adept at packing vivid imagery and powerful emotions into very few words. Reluctant middle school readers may also enjoy this easy and engaging read. (This review is based upon the ARC I received at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago)