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Words with Wings



written by
Nikki Grimes

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Boyds Mills Press
Imprint
Wordsong
ISBN
9781590789858

Awards and Honors
Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2013; 2014 Coretta Scott King Award Honor, Author; ALA 2014 Notable Children’s Books, Middle Readers; 2014 CLA Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts; William Allen White Children#8217;s Book Awards 2015–2016 Master List
NEA’s Read Across America Educator Recomended Books 2016–2017, Grades 3–5
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“Some words / sit still on the page / holding a story steady. / Those words / never get me into trouble. / But other words have wings / that wake my daydreams.”

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

96

Trim Size

5" x 7 3/8"

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 1

Lexile

850L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

4

JLG Release

Feb 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Writing. Daydreaming. Family life. Changing schools. Divorce. Novels in verse.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

In this brief, free-verse novel, readers meet Gabby, whose imagination is fueled by “words with wings that wake my daydreams.” Her daydreams have provided solace from her parents’ arguments, but now her father has moved out and her parents are getting a divorce. At school, she finds it hard to make friends and avoid being labeled the weird girl who zones out in class. Gabby’s dad is a daydreamer, too, but her practical mom chides her for not paying attention, and Gabby longs to win her mother’s approval along with that of her teacher, Mr. Spicer. Gabby’s struggles to stay focused in school will resonate with many youngsters, as she tries to: “ . . . catch every single syllable that falls from Mr. Spicer’s lips, pass the pop quiz, and still have enough time left to be bored.” Most readers will recognize Gabby in someone they know, and this well-crafted tale should have wide appeal. With its focus on creative wordplay and imagination, it could also be an inspiring resource for creative-writing teachers.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

In this brief, free-verse novel, readers meet Gabby, whose imagination is fueled by “words with wings that wake my daydreams.” Her daydreams have provided solace from her parents’ arguments, but now her father has moved out and her parents are getting a divorce. At school, she finds it hard to make friends and avoid being labeled the weird girl who zones out in class. Gabby’s dad is a daydreamer, too, but her practical mom chides her for not paying attention, and Gabby longs to win her mother’s approval along with that of her teacher, Mr. Spicer. Gabby’s struggles to stay focused in school will resonate with many youngsters, as she tries to: “ . . . catch every single syllable that falls from Mr. Spicer’s lips, pass the pop quiz, and still have enough time left to be bored.” Most readers will recognize Gabby in someone they know, and this well-crafted tale should have wide appeal. With its focus on creative wordplay and imagination, it could also be an inspiring resource for creative-writing teachers.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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