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Planet Middle School

Автором Nikki Grimes

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Planet Middle School

Автором Nikki Grimes

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3.5/5 (11 оценки)
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161 pages
48 minutes
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Издано:
Sep 13, 2011
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9781599907277
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New York Times bestselling author of One Last Word and Coretta Scott King award-winning Bronx Masquerade Nikki Grimes offers fresh novel in verse story about young heartbreak and hope.

For twelve years, Joylin Johnson's life has been just fine. A game of basketball with the boys-especially her friend Jake-was all it took to put a smile on her face. Baggy jeans, T-shirt, and hair in a ponytail were easy choices. Then, everything suddenly seemed to change all at once. Her best girl friend is now flirting with her best guy friend. Her clothes seem all wrong. Jake is acting weird, and basketball isn't the same. And worst of all, there is this guy, Santiago, who appears from . . . where? What lengths will Joy go to--and who will she become--to attract his attention?

In short poems that perfectly capture the crazy feelings of adolescence and first crushes, award-winning author Nikki Grimes has crafted a delightful, often hilarious, heart-tugging story.
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Sep 13, 2011
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New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in California.


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PLANET MIDDLE SCHOOL

An NAACP Image Award Nominee

A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

A Garden State Teen Book Awards selection

Readers will appreciate the time they spend with Joylin, her family, and her friends as they live, grow, and learn as individuals and together. —School Library Journal, starred review

Readers will cringe, laugh, and most of all relate to [Joylin’s] learning process as it is sensitively and sweetly depicted here. —BCCB

Grimes hits the nail right on the head. . . . The vocabulary is rich, the characters well-drawn, and the scenes realistic. —Library Media Connection

Accessible verse and clear themes of self-acceptance and open-mindedness ring true. —Kirkus Reviews

ONE LAST WORD

A Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Winner

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Gorgeous. —The New York Times

"Every page of One Last Word seems to offer a new treasure." —Entertainment Weekly

Will invariably inspire children and adults alike. —Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal–winning author of The Crossover

Timely and thought-provoking. —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A remarkable dialogue between past and present. —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Innovative and powerful. —School Library Journal, starred review

Artistic, literary, sociocultural, and curricular gold. —BCCB, starred review

For my young friend and surrogate daughter,

Sheila Northcutt,

whose middle name should be Joy.

Contents

Heartsick

Names

Tom Boy

Basics

Sitting Pretty

Signature

Preacher’s Kid

Conversation

Jake

Beginnings

New Math

Ridges

The Usual

B-Day

Humiliation

Planet Middle School

Last Straw

Hunger Pangs

Early Warning Signs

Oh, Joy

Artiste

Worthless

Through the Walls

Game On

Busy

Cravings

It’s Official

Period

The Curse

Lunch Line

Text

Bragging

The Evil Eye

The Produce Section

It’s Not My Fault

Not My Kind of Exercise

Bell

Locker Room

Lunchroom

Silent Shift

History

Risky Business

Butterfingers

Teacher

Girls Will Be Boys

After

Santiago

Dinner Chatter

Speechless

Boy Watch

The Closet

Message

Apology

Unspoken

To Be Honest

Lipstick

Busted

Help

Advice

Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Useful Noise

Hair

Scar

Enough

The Plan

Seven Kinds of Sorry

Looking Back

I’m Texting as Fast as I Can

Woodruff Never Had a Chance

Kudos

Obsessed

Reminiscing

The Hang-Up

Huddle

Just Like Old Times

Lonely Lobes

Pierced

Studs

Doubt

School Photos

It’s Not What You Think

Behind Closed Doors

Homework

Quick Question

Practice

Birthday Dinner

Better Than Cake

Told You So

Heels

Run

Daydreaming

Movie Night

The Day After

Skirting the Issue

Caught

Runway

I Don’t Get It

Fire Drill

News Travels

Sick to My Stomach

What Are Friends For?

Is Everybody Crazy Now?

Hiding Out

Glee

The New Girl

Aftermath

Fuming

Confession

The Call

S.O.S.

Room 321

Vigil

Concussion

Visiting Hours Are Over

Gift

Standing Watch

The Old Jake

Peg-Leg

I Hate to Say It

Readjustment

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Acknowledgments

Heartsick

The emergency-room doors

crack open

and I feel my heart split.

The hospital smell

leaves me dizzy,

or maybe it’s just my fear.

What if I got here too late?

What if my friend’s eyes

never open?

What if I missed the chance

to say I’m sorry?

Our fights seem silly now.

But then,

so

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  • (4/5)
    Hm..I opened this book with intention of skimming it to get the jest, but it captured me and I couldn't stop-- I read it cover to cover immediately. I felt the poetry in this book in a visceral way. Grimes brought this girl to very believable life....but... I worry about whether this book should be chosen for a student. Here's the thing: the female protagonist in this book has been a 'tomboy' her whole life, but now she's got a rush of new hormones and suddenly she's caring about stuff she never has before (namely: boys). She's trying a new wardrobe, she's toying with altering her style of feminine masculinity, and she's getting frustrated with her seeming failure to get the guy's attention. For 'tomboy' girls who are the sort to 'grow out of' their tomboyishness, I think this is really fitting. But my concern is that characters like these are so few, that a child struggling with other points along the femininity-masculinity spectrum may feel as though she has no choice but to mature into the same types of choices that this character did.Female masculinity isn't relegated to pre-pubescent years for all girls, and not all masculine pre-pubescent girls grow into heterosexual preferences. I don't know...I'm just not convinced this book is the most careful selection. I know Grimes couldn't possibly discuss all the forms of femininity, but I worry a parent will see this book and 'assign' it as appropriate to her or his daughter based solely on the fact that tomboyishness is something so commonly accepted as a finite phase that should and will eventually end.
  • (4/5)
    This novel told in verse centers around a girl who very much enjoys the sport of basketball. However, as puberty hits she begins to notice boys and wanting to change herself into a more feminine girl to get their attention. I like the perspective of the character in this book, and it may identify with some middle school girls experiencing the same issues. The author is a highly acclaimed African American writer, poet, and educator who loves to provide her readers with real-life characters.
  • (3/5)
    Narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson. "What's wrong with me?" Puberty drops like a bomb on basketball-loving tomboy Joylin. All kinds of alien events are happening to her: her first bra, menstruation, and now boys, including a crush on Santiago. Just because everything is changing, does it mean Joylin has to change, too? Narrator Sisi youthfully expresses Joylin's emotions and reactions, from confusion to embarrassment to affection.
  • (3/5)
    Good story with a relatable protagonist.
  • (4/5)
    Joylin's finds out that growing up is not as easy as she thought
  • (3/5)
    This "story" was written as narrative prose (poetry) so it flew by. I'm not sure it even took me a full hour to read this. If you like rhyming poetry, this is not your book. There are no rhymes here. In fact, these poems read like short paragraphs. I liked it, personally, and I think it would make "poetry" accessible to my students.Joylin is a major tomboy that loves playing basketball with the boys. That is, until she meets Santiago. Suddenly, her heart is doing flip flops every time she sees him. She's even starting to change her look by wearing makeup, high heals, skirts, and earrings! Her friends aren't happy with her change because they know it isn't because Joy wants to do it. They seem to know that she is changing for Santiago, not for herself. When she realizes the truth, it's too late. Her heart is broken and her friendship with Jake lays in critical condition (along with Jake) at the hospital.This isn't a weepy story. In fact, there are some pretty funny moments. It's a nice coming of age story for a young girl. At the heart of the story there is a girl trying to find her place and make sense of the changes in her body. This isn't my typical read, but I can see it being a good fit for a tween reader.
  • (5/5)
    AWESOME great book about growing up!
  • (4/5)
    This book is very interesting and I enjoyed the way the author wrote the book