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Simon B. Rhymin' Takes a Stand


Series
Simon B. Rhymin'

by
Dwayne Reed

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Hachette Book Group
Imprint
Little, Brown BFYR
ISBN
9780316539012
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
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City Elementary

This humorous and heartwarming sequel to Simon B. Rhymin' follows a young rapper navigating the inequality and injustice within his school and community.

Eleven-year-old Simon and his friends are disappointed with the lack of funding at Booker T. Washington School—there’s no AC, only one space for school activities, and the money for extracurricular programs is getting cut.

Desperate to save Maria’s beloved debate team, the crew start a petition to grab the attention of the local community and show they deserve to have the same opportunities as everyone else.

But when news of the petition reaches the school board, Simon must face his fears once again. Can he use his rhymes to take a stand and prove that he, Maria, and C.J. can make a difference in their hood?

Black-and-white illustrations. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

8" x 5 3/4"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2022

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Social action. Rap (music). African Americans. Black people. Chicago, Illinois. Schools. Teachers. Activism. Family life. Neighborhoods. Community. Friends.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-Set over the course of two weeks, this sequel to Simon B. Rhymin' continues the story of Simon and his best friends Maria and C.J. Maria becomes upset when she learns that funding for afterschool arts programs at Booker T. Washington School are being cut in favor of sports programs. Her beloved debate club won't be able travel to participate in competitions. Friends Simon and C.J., like Maria, are inspired by a teacher's lesson on peaceful protest. Maria decides to start a petition against the cessation of certain types of programs. Supported by their families, the kids learn how to create a social movement. The story is interspersed with Simon's great raps which are mostly in his head, due to insecurity. However, he starts to find the confidence to use his mad rapping skills to help in the movement to restore arts funding. Simon learns to fight for something without actually physically fighting-all one needs is his or her voice. The aspirational quality to the story is exciting, and the raps are sure to be a hit with readers. Simon and his friends have various shades of brown skin and dark hair. VERDICT Should be popular with third and fourth graders who enjoy rap music, and those who care about the world around them.-B. Allison Gray

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-Set over the course of two weeks, this sequel to Simon B. Rhymin' continues the story of Simon and his best friends Maria and C.J. Maria becomes upset when she learns that funding for afterschool arts programs at Booker T. Washington School are being cut in favor of sports programs. Her beloved debate club won't be able travel to participate in competitions. Friends Simon and C.J., like Maria, are inspired by a teacher's lesson on peaceful protest. Maria decides to start a petition against the cessation of certain types of programs. Supported by their families, the kids learn how to create a social movement. The story is interspersed with Simon's great raps which are mostly in his head, due to insecurity. However, he starts to find the confidence to use his mad rapping skills to help in the movement to restore arts funding. Simon learns to fight for something without actually physically fighting-all one needs is his or her voice. The aspirational quality to the story is exciting, and the raps are sure to be a hit with readers. Simon and his friends have various shades of brown skin and dark hair. VERDICT Should be popular with third and fourth graders who enjoy rap music, and those who care about the world around them.-B. Allison Gray

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