WordSong Ordinary Hazards: A memoir
WordSong Ordinary Hazards: A memoir

Ordinary Hazards: A memoir

By Nikki Grimes

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Publication Date: March 1, 2022

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Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up

A Michael L. Printz Honor Book

A Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book

A Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book

Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Teens

Six Starred Reviews—★Booklist ★BCCB ★The Horn Book ★Publishers Weekly ★School Library Connection ★Shelf Awareness

A Booklist Best Book for Youth * A BCCB Blue Ribbon * A Horn Book Fanfare Book * A Shelf Awareness Best Children’s Book * Recommended on NPR’s “Morning Edition” by Kwame Alexander

“This powerful story, told with the music of poetry and the blade of truth, will help your heart grow.”—Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak and Shout

“[A] testimony and a triumph.”—Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down

In her own voice, acclaimed author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a compelling and moving memoir in verse.

Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night - and discovered the magic and impact of writing. For many years, Nikki’s notebooks were her most enduing companions. In this accessible and inspiring memoir that will resonate with young readers and adults alike, Nikki shows how the power of those words helped her conquer the hazards - ordinary and extraordinary - of her life.

Story Locale: The author grew up in Harlem, New York, and her memoir takes place predominantly in Harlem. She also lived in Ossining, New York, and visits Washington Heights throughout the text.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2020 ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature, the 2017 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the much-honored books Garvey’s Choice, ALA Notable book Southwest Sunrise, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and five Coretta Scott King Author Honor books, Printz and Siebert Honor winner Ordinary Hazards, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor One Last Word, its companion Legacy:Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and NYT Bestseller Kamala Harris:Rooted in Justice. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel, Bedtime for Sweet Creatures, and Off to See the Sea, Grimes lives in Corona, California. Visit nikkigrimes.com.

Author Residence: Corona, California

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 336 pages

Publisher: Wordsong

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

ISBN: 9781635925623

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