FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
What are you reading today?
So I saw Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes on countless 2016 must read lists, so I added it to my Goodreads list but just didn’t get to reading it in 2016! So many books, so little time….so here I am several months into 2017 and I saw this book on
the bookshelf at the library. Along with the audio – yes! So I checked it out and listened to it three time. Just amazing. This is a book that asks to be read multiple times thanks to the layers you will find in Garvey’s story.
Garvey is a young boy who struggles to live up to his father’s expectations. He is not the sports hero his father wants, and instead he is interested in reading and science fiction – definitely not the professional sports that his father watches. He is teased by schoolmates about his weight and lonely. Then he discovers the school chorus, and finds confidence in himself as well as friends who appreciate Garvey for the kind and thoughtful friend that he is. He also discovers a new connection to his father.
Grimes wrote this book in Tanka form poetry. The Japanese Tanka, a “short song,” is a thirty-one syllable poem written as a single line. Nikki Grimes includes her thoughts on the form and why she chose this in the author’s note at the end of the book. An exceptional novel about the language of music and the confidence that Garvey discovers within himself – a story of Garvey’s choice. Wise, honest, and important.