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When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class and reads it aloud, poetry-slam-style, he kicks off a revolution. Soon his classmates are clamoring to have weekly poetry sessions. One by one, eighteen students take on the risky challenge of self-revelation. Award-winning author Nikki Grimes captures the voices of eighteen teenagers through the poetry they share and the stories they tell, and exposes what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.
Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn't do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn't let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first African-American female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination. Innovatively told through a series of monologues.
Poems expressing the hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows of growing up.
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. Now who can he turn to, who can he trust? Even God seems to have ditched him.
Ishmael is his father’s first son and heir, even if his mother is a servant. But then his father is visited by mysterious strangers who claim that Abraham’s wife, Sarah, will finally give birth to a son. Ishmael is worried. And when baby Isaac arrives, Ishmael becomes more isolated from Abraham. Would his father ever betray Ishmael in favor of this new son?
But even as these boys struggle with their own fathers, it is their Father in heaven—and small everyday miracles—who sees them through.
Alternating between biblical times and contemporary Brooklyn, New York, Nikki Grimes masterfully tells the stories of two boys separated by time, geography, and culture who struggle with their fractured families. Dark Sons is a story of love and forgiveness, and the comfort brought by faith in difficult times.