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Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
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Jun 22, 2012

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Genre: Poetry/Multicultural Literature
Lexile: 670
F&P Level: W
Age: Middle School

Bronx Masquerade is a story blended with a series of poems from the students of Mr. Ward's high school English class. After studying the Harlem Renaissance, Mr. Ward's students are inspired to share their own poems with the class. The students open up and discuss their fears, hopes, and lives with their classmates every week for Open Mic Friday.

I loved Bronx Masquerade/i>. Nikki Grimes touches on real issues that teenagers face, and is able to put the spotlight on a variety of different voices from different cultures. This book would be a great tool to get your own students exposure to the possibility of expressing themselves through poetry, music, writing, etc. This book could serve as a great jumping point to start your own poetry slams in the classroom. I would recommend this book to teenagers, especially urban youth and also to teachers to use in their classrooms.

Bronx Masquerade strives to give urban, multicultural youth the voice that they are so often denied.


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