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.
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