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Jazmin's Notebook by Nikki Grimes
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Dec 03, 11

bookshelves: award-winners, ci-546-wide-reads, middle-6-8, poetry, read-alouds, realistic-fiction, theme-hope, courage, young-adult
Read in January, 2011 — I own a copy

Jazmin, an African American teenager who lives with her older sister in a small Harlem apartment in the 1960s, finds strength in writing poetry and keeping a record of the events in her sometimes difficult life.
Two of the major literary elements in this book are the point of view and the setting. The point of view of this book is first person. The book is actually Jazmin's journal, so the entire novel is told through Jazmin's perspective. Through the eyes of this 14-year-old girl the reader sees what Harlem in the 1960's was like. In reading this book it is as if the reader is actually picking up someone's journal and taking a peek.

Age Level: 10 and up Grade Level: 5 and up

Awards: Coretta Scott King Award for Author Honor (1999)

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