Garveys father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, readinganything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garveys life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant fatherby speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports....
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Garvey's Choice Reviews
Stars wink, words slap, and laughter spatters in the pages and poems of Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes. This beautiful story is told in verse with emotion and force. A story about a boy finding his way at home, school, and life.
“I’m just beginning
to learn what I am made of,
to pay attention
to the kid in my own eyes,
starting to like what I see.
I feel unwritten
like that song says, in chorus,
my story untold.
I can’t wait to sing the song,
croon my own untold story.”
This little book caught me off gua ...more
This contemporary, novel-in-verse is a story that everyone who has ever felt like an outsider will identify with. Nikki Grimes has captured the emotions and thoughts of a young boy who not only struggles with the usual bullies at school, but unexpected ones at home, as well. Everyone will see a bit of themselves in Garvey as he journeys to become his own person instead of being the son his father wants him to be. Compelling, deceivingly simple and haunting, this is story that will remain with th ...more
I like the style this book was written in. The short poems showed you enough to understand what was happening. Each page was like information concentrate, while short the packed a punch. This book was good and I liked the concert part towards the end. Definitely a must read, and undoubtedly a short read. Overall a pretty good book.
I loved the Tanka format of poetry writing that Nikki chose.
I especially loved how light the underlying issues felt, yet you knew how much Garvey was struggling. I immediately knew some students who needed to read this solely for the father/son relationship portrayed in the text..or lack thereof throughout. I know so many who feel less than to their father/parent and desperately need to know that their best is okay.
What a great 2018-2019 Bluebonnet choice!
Ok, I'm seriously impressed. Yes it's Nikki Grimes, so the bar is high, but she soared over it. It's a very short book with very short poems to tell a surprisingly detailed story with a very strong heart.
I think I liked this book because me and Garvey are similar in the fact that we may not be the thinnest, but when the world makes fun of you for it, we both went to music and friends for our safe haven.
I finished this book and I am crying and smiling and filled with hope and wonder. Get ready because this might be my longest review yet!
I love children's books, I am in a field where I read them often and spread the love for them I hope. This book however, I will recommend to EVERYONE! Adults and children alike should read it. There is a message for all of us in this book. Those who know me, know that I often have to mark up books I read and there are often a multitude of tape flags marking thin ...more
People of ALL ages should read this!