Sam can't believe it when his father leaves the family to marry another woman-and a white woman, at that. The betrayal cuts deep-Sam had been so close to his dad, and idolized him. Now who can he turn to, who can he trust? Even God seems to have ditched him. Ishmael is his father's first son, the heir, his favorite. But when his father is visited by mysterious strangers wh...more
Maureen Judith Shea
(2005). Dark Sons. (p. 216). New York: Hyperion Books for Children
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
CNN.com Best Books for Kids 2005
NCTE Notable Book in the Language Arts
New York Public Library's Books for the TeenAge
TAYSHAS High School Reading List 2006/07
YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
“Nikki Grimes – The Poetry Zone
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However, I did enjoy Sam's story, David definitely got to me, although the lack of substance was a major bother. The theme and mood of the whole thing was a little boring, and...more
Long story short, I find myself giving it five stars. This little book that appears basic is actually quit...more
In addition to using this book to look at p...more
Who can he turn too who can he trust?
Have you ever been lost, betrayed or isolated?
In the book dark sons by, Nikki Grimes, Sam’s dad leaves the family to marry another women, it hurts Sam so much to see someone that he looks up to and puts first leave just like that. Ishmael is worried when he hears that Abraham’s wife Sarah will be giving birth to a son. One of the arguments in dark sons is that when the family is eating at dinner, and mom gets a phone call from dad no body wants to...more
One story is Ishmael's -- Abraham's other son, the one who also received a promise from God and then disappears from the pages of the Bible. The other story is Sam's -- a modern-day teen living in NYC whose father has just left him and his mother for...more
This book is done in free verse, but it's far from intimidating to read. The words and rhythm are beautiful, and the poems are crafted in a way that makes you ting...more
The book is perfectly fit for the reading of young black males without fathers in the homes as well as other youth and people in general who might enjoy some poetry/pr...more
The book Dark sons taught me that even thoughyou don't like a person,doesn't meanthat they're all that bad.It takes timeto get u...more
The book tells the story of two boys: one whose father just left him and his mother for another woman. The other is Ishamael (as in Old Testament). The book switches between the two boys veiw points, and both were beautiful to read.
The author is able to convey poignant emotions with relatively few words, and she made me think about Ishmael, and wonder a little at the family dynamics, and also...more