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Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
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Apr 07, 2009

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While not your typical YA novel, Nikki Grimes’ Bronx Masquerade takes a powerful look at urban teens and their eventual understanding of one another in class through poetry in their class. Grimes creates vivid background stories for each student, the characters becoming fleshed out and more developed as the novel goes on.

What is so interesting about this text is that it can captivate an audience through the change of writing from poetry to the thoughtful musings of different students. Mr. Ward, the NYC teacher of these students, empowers the kids to share their life stories and the dreams that he believes they can reach out and grab. Relating so close to my field of study in education, this novel reminds me the importance of embracing students for who they are and pushing them to succeed. Bronx Masquerade is definitely worth reading for its poetry and themes.

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