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(Dyamonde Daniel #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Dyamonde Daniel is excited about the local library?s poetry contest, and so is her friend Free. The prize is one hundred dollars?just think what they could buy with that much money! But when they find out that Damaris, one of their classmates, has been living in a homeless shelter, their ideas about what it means to be rich or poor start to change. And when they get to kno ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 29th 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2009)
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Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Finally, finally, FINALLY and early reader featuring a spunky African American girl to put on the shelves beside Clementine, Ivy & Bean and the rest.

Nikki Grimes has created Dyamonde Daniel who may be short, but has a big mouth to make up for it. After her folks split, her mom moved Dyamonde from Brooklyn up to Washington Heights. Dyamonde is trying to make friends, but she misses her old friend Alisha.

In the first book, Dyamonde ends up befriending new boy Free. The two kids bond a bit over the
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rich is a tale about the spunky and kind-hearted character, Dyamonde Daniel, and her quest to befriend her shy and mysterious classmate, Damaris. Dyamonde’s best friend, Free, is thrilled to enter a poetry contest in hopes of winning a big cash prize. Damaris, who never raises her hand for anything, also enters the contest. As Damaris’s living situation is revealed, Dyamonde and Free both learn a lesson about what it really means to be rich.

This book explores the themes of friendship and moneta
Dyamonde Daniels is truly a treasure! “Irrepressible” is often used to describe young characters. In this case it is wholly appropriate. Dyamonde lives with her mother in an apartment in the city. She is your average, happy third grader. She is outgoing, determinedly friendly and positive. She is one of the most delightfully honest, intelligent, joyful young role models for children I have ever come across.

There are three books in the series: Dyamonde Daniels, Rich, and Almost Zero. In each sto
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rich is a book about Dyamonde, a spirited young African American girl, and her best friend Free, who wishes he had more money. Dyamonde and Free are excited about a poetry contest at school, where the winner gets $100 and published in the newspaper. Free dreams of the ways he can spend the money if he wins, but Damaris, a quiet girl in class enters for a different reason. Dyamonde is determined to figure out why Damaris enters and learns that there's more to life than being rich in money...its a ...more
Abby Johnson
In this second book in the Dyamonde Daniel series, Dyamonde gets to know Damaris, a girl in her class who lost her home due to eviction and now lives in a shelter. The local library is running a poetry contest and Damaris loves to write poetry. Dyamonde knows that Damaris will win the contest if she just writes from her heart, but Damaris is afraid to tell people the truth about living in a shelter.

This is a good introduction to homelessness at an early elementary level. Dyamonde is a character
I loved listening to the audiobook Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book by New York Times bestselling author, Nikki Grimes. The main character, Dyamonde Daniel, is a spunky, African-American girl living in an apartment in New York City with her mom. In school one day she finds out about a local poetry contest where the winner can wish a cash prize of $100. Dyamonde has no interest but her best friend, Free, is hoping to get rich so he can buy all the videos games he wants! She also notices a quiet, myst ...more
Blake Lumar
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. As I read I related more and more to my own child hood. This book is of The few books that touch on the topic of low income families and economic differences. I grew up in a low income family so to see a book touch on this topic was very heartwarming. The author wrote about the topic in a way that children could understand.
Morgan Drummond
Rich is a book that discusses many different topics. It talks about what it means to be rich and poor and what the real difference truly is. It also talks about homelessness, understanding, and a big part is about true friendship. Dyamonde Daniel is a girl who really cares about other people and wants to know everything. She understands the difference between what it truly means to be poor or rich. When she finds out one of her classmates is living in the shelter she automatically wants to know ...more
In a culture that seems to be reviewing the legitimacy of the Civil Rights era and Affirmative Action in universities and the work place, Nikki Grimes "Rich" tackles a topic which is more relevant in 2013: homelessness. If one could make the argument that American culture has went from one in which race has been supplanted by rigidity of class structures in America preordaining the fate of U.S. children, then Nikki Grimes book is very well timed to discuss this uncomfortable topic. The author pr ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bravo to Grimes for addressing some tougher topics so matter-of-factly and non-pityingly (this is not trauma lit) in a beginning chapter book that she makes it look easy. The first: one many might not think of as a tough topic, but one that I know is fraught with meaning for many who have grown up poor: shopping in secondhand stores. Dyamonde enjoys it, calls it treasure hunting, and can't imagine why you wouldn't want your clothes to have a past; her best friend, Free, is skeptical, but comes a ...more
Best friends, Free and Dyamonde notice an add for a poetry contest with $100 as its top prize. Free is determined to win since he wants nothing more than to spend it on a new video game. Dyamonde has no interest whatsoever in entering.

During class and lunchtime, they notice a lonely girl, Damaris, who is quiet and seems to have a secret. One day, Dyamonde sees Damaris on the street and waves to her, but she quickly runs away...and into a building with "SHELTER" on the door. Now, she knows Damar
Kristen Herzog
Listening to the audio book Rich by Nikki Grimes was an excellent way to read this story. Diamond shares with Free that life doesn't always have to be about money. Free isn't too excited by this concept especially since he really wants a new video game. During school one day, they hear about a poetry contest where the first place winner can win $100. Free thinks this is an excellent way for him to be able to earn some $. Diamond befriends Damaris who loves poetry and also enters the contest. Dia ...more
Quiana Coston
Grade level: 3rd -5th

Awards: None

Summary: Dyamonde and Free and very ethusicatic about an upcoming poetry contest that has a one hundred dollar cash prize. The two friends come together to discuss a larger issue that a classmate is dealing with, homelessness.

Review: I really like how this book approaches the subject of being homeless in a sensitive and delicate way. I have really enjoyed reading most of the books in this series. The illustrations are perfect how they capture emotions and the cha
Dyamonde and Free are in the same 3rd grade class and are best friends. Free always says he’s poor, just because he can’t get a new video game every week. Dyamonde tries to explain what “poor” really means to Free, but it doesn’t work. Therefore, when their teacher announces that there will be a poetry contest sponsored by the library, Free can’t resist entering it, especially because there is a hundred dollar prize for the winner. Another classmate enters too: Damaris. She actually lives in a s ...more
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Chandler Jordahl
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mc-literature
Dyamonde is a caring, African-American girl who is very friendly and optimistic. She is excited about the poetry contest and the big prize! Dyamonde soon finds out about the challenges her classmate has faced and the importance that money could play in her life. Nikki Grimes helps young readers explore the idea of being homeless and the meaning of being "rich". One of my 4th grade girls, who reads at a 2nd grade level, loved this whole series! She was happy to finally find a main character "like ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

Themes: Poetry, Friendship, Homelessness

Characters: Dyamonde Daniel, Reed "Free" Freeman, Damaris Dancer

Great book to enjoy during National Poetry Month. It an excellent "Kids Today" genre book. The characters explain the differences of the meaning poor which can be understand by the young readers. I enjoyed the treasure hunt at the store Second Time Around.

Reviewed from a library copy.
Katie Lawrence
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
This was a cute early chapter book that addressed topics like poverty, poetry and friendship. I found the voices of the characters to be a bit forced for some reason, they didn't remind me of real kids. I also wanted there to be more to the ending. There was so much build up to the poetry contest and then it was wrapped up in a few quick pages. I did like the topics that were introduced and this could lead to a great discussion with young students if the book was used for a read aloud. ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-bluestem
A short, sweet beginning chapter book about a girl and her friends at school, who discover that one of the other children at school is homeless and lives in a shelter. When Dyamonde befriends Damaris and encourages her to write a poem in a contest, their friendship strengthens. Very good for students ready for chapter books in second but still suitable for older readers who may be struggling to read. Well done.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good easy chapter book with great characters - Dyamonde Daniel, her friends and mother spark right off the page. Like all Grimes's writing, Rich is compact, and it doesn't drag like most books of a similar reading level. The illustrations are very evocative and it's nice to read a book where everyone acts like real (albeit really nice) people, with a succinct non-preachy lesson. Nice 2nd-3rd-4th grade read. Bluestem nominee 2015. ...more
Nov 24, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked this book for what it was...a transitional chapter book that features an African American girl in New York City. She befriends a young girl (Damaris? I can't remember the name) who seems to keep to herself. Dyamonde finds out she lives in a shelter and manages to lift her spirits.

I didn't like the internal illustrations very much - too rough.
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book for students to read to understand what it means to be a part of a certain social economic class. I really love this book because a little girl name Dyamonde, who is from a nice home, becomes good friends with another little girl who lives in a shelter with her mom and siblings. Students will learn to be appreciative of the things they have after reading this story.
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Dyamonde Daniel series, a collection of short and quick chapter books (I read it to Lexi in one sitting) about an in-charge girl. In this edition she makes a new friend who lives in a shelter and explores poetry (Dyamonde's friends explore poetry, she'd rather do math). I wasn't expecting another book exploring homelessness, but this one does it with dignity and grace. ...more
Joanne Zienty
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-fiction
Another one on the ISLMA 2015 Bluestem list... an early chapter book that will be a quick read for even reluctant readers. Shares a sweet story about friendship, touching on issues of homelessness and poverty. I actually wished for a little more depth here, but clearly meant for a 2nd and 3rd grade audience.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a real eye-opener that dipped into life as a homeless young student. This story allows young readers to see how young students can come together to make a difference. This story also offers hope, endurance, friendship and the realization that everyone should be thankful for what they have in life.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, school
This was a deep book for this age group. Dyamonde and Free discover a classmate is living in a shelter. The book covers the embarrassment that Damaris feels living there, as well as the gambit of reactions from others. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending. It seemed rushed; as if the author wasn’t sure how to wrap up all the feelings expressed in the book.
Joan Gagan
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. They are a quick read, but say a great deal in such a few pages. I would love to talk with children about this and her other book Almost Zero. Ms. Grimes does a great job with these.
Paul  Hankins
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
A poetry contest brings Dyamonde closer to a student, Damaris, and the reader gets a lesson in homelessness. Deceptively short in page number, this is a story of economic diversity that is just ripe for discussion. A nod to Eloise Greenfield's HONEY, I LOVE was not lost on this reader. ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a good message and would be an appropriate reading and interest level for second and third graders.

I liked it enough but I can't say that I will really remember this story years down the road.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very simple and well written book for young readers that shares a powerful message. I thought the book does a great job of sharing the idea of being homeless with all. Also reasons this book gets a major plus: they shop at thrift stores and play monopoly. Two of my favorite things!
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