Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir
Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by her mother's second husband. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night—and discovered the magic of writing. Through subsequent years, her notebooks were her most enduring companions. In this remarkable memoir told in both poetry and prose, Grimes explores her harrowing past, showing how the power of words helped her conquer the hazards—ordinary and extraordinary—of life.
Author’s note. Black-and-white photographs.
JLG Release: Jan 2020
Awards & Honors
Horn Book Fanfare - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
Bulletin Blue Ribbons - 2019
Michael L. Printz Award Honoree - 2020
Robert L. Sibert Award Honoree - 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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School Library Journal
6" x 9"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Crime: General, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence
Nikki Grimes (1950– ), Foster care, Abuse, Schizophrenia, African Americans, High schools, Interpersonal relations, Memoirs in verse, Coming of age, Writers and writing,