Words With Wings

Words With Wings

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Honesdale, Pennsylvania :, WordSong, an imprint of Highlights,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781590789858
Branch Call Number: j811.54 GRI
Characteristics: xi, 84 pages ; 20 cm


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May 13, 2015

I'm a sucker for novels in verse. Even with my bias in favor of poetry, Words with Wings strikes me as a particularly beautiful book. Grimes does an exceptional job of pairing experiences that children can relate to with beautiful, simple language that rhythmically carries the reader from one page to the next.


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Jan 25, 2014

To say I was skeptical of this book is putting it lightly. A book written in verse....? Ugh.

And I got it and said well at least it's really short (80 pages) and the covers pretty darn cool okay I'll give it a shot. So I start reading of this girl whose parents divorce and she moves to a new school and has problems with her habit of daydreaming. And I'm intraced by her voice. Beautifully rhythmic and illustrative rich in her words.

I'll give you a sample.....:
Explain this please
Mom names me for a
Creature with wings then wonders
what makes my thoughts fly

Students should be captivated by her simple, easy, yet thought provoking way she describes things in a poetic form. Plus I love the way that the teacher worked with her to stimulate her creativity and still help her keep on task. Her relationship with her mom is both realistic and tender. A sweet short read that makes you think. Good job Nikki Grimes!

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