In a wonderful novel in verse, Nikki Grimes shares the story of Garvey, a middle-school aged boy who is trying to find a way to be himself. His dad wants him to play football, but he really dislikes sports, preferring to read and listen to music. With the help of his best friend, Joe, Garvey gains the courage to try some new things that match his interests, and Garvey gains some new knowledge and confidence about himself.
Readers who enjoy realistic fiction, especially novels in verse, will enjoy Garvey's Choice (Lexile: 620; Interest Level: Grades 2-7). The verses are Tanka, a Japanese short poem of 5 lines, with a syllabic line pattern of 5-7-5-7-7. (105 p.)
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