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Garvey's Choice
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Garvey's Choice


Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading—anything 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, Garvey’s 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 father—by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports.

Title:Garvey's Choice
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:120 pages
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  • Laura
    Oct 06, 2016

    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...

  • Leigh Anne
    Dec 20, 2016

    Anyone who has struggled to live up to a parent's expectations will see a part of themselves in this book. Garvey is trying to accept himself as a young boy who enjoys reading, space, and singing, whi...

  • Beth
    Jan 05, 2017

    A sweet, beautiful story in verse. I love Nikki Grimes' books - such a talented poet. The book has several important messages about life....

  • Sherry
    Feb 13, 2017

    Loved this verse novel about a father's expectations and his son's desire to be himself. ...

  • Stacy Fetters
    Nov 17, 2016

    "Smile showing up like hope till ugly whispers from last year echo in memory, scraping that smile from my lips."Received at BEA Chicago 2016Writing a book all in verse must be the hardest way to write...

  • Scott Fillner
    Sep 15, 2016

    Amazing book written in Tanka form poetry. I foresee this as a powerful read for any adolescent. This book gives voice to what many young men fear, not living up to the expectations/vision of their fa...

  • Lisa Bricker
    Oct 18, 2016

    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 he...

  • Allyson Maclay
    Nov 12, 2016

    This book was amazing! As someone who was bullied throughout my school years I can say I wish I read this when I was in middle school. ...

  • Suzanne Maley
    Jan 24, 2017

    I really liked Grimes' use of the tanka form of Japanese poetry. The images that the language invokes is wonderful. One of my favorites: "The story spools out spider silk and captures me."...

  • Janet
    Apr 13, 2017

    While I love what she did with the Tanka format, I sometimes wanted more depth and detail to the poems. ...