Read the new issue of readergirlz.
This month, readergirlz are discussing Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes.
Something's going on. Something more than a high school poetry assignment. Kids are taking a look, leaning in close, asking why or how. One by one, eighteen voices speak up, show themselves to the world, and deal with the consequences. Through the poetry they share and the stories they tell, their worlds and lives show what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.
Read one of the poems from the book.
Download this month's poster (PDF)
After you've read Bronx Masquerade, drop by the readergirlz forum, where you may discuss the book with other readers and with the author herself! The forum is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our live chat with Nikki Grimes will be held on Thursday, February 21st at 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST.
Our February theme is Self-Worth. With this month's book and theme in mind, the readergirlz divas and the postergirlz advisory council recommend the following books:
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
My Sisters' Voices: Teenage Girls of Color Speak Out by Iris Jacob
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
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Last month's featured book and author: Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Next month's featured book and author: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
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