This Coretta Scott King Honor book for young adults from bestselling and award-winning author Nikki Grimes uses free-verse poetry to tell the dual stories of Sam, a teen whose dad leaves him and his mother for another woman, and Ishmael, the son of Abraham, who must deal with a different type of rejection when Isaac arrives.
A guy whose father ripped his heart out too. Me and you, Ishmael, were brothers, two dark sons. Betrayed, lost, and isolated, the perspectives of two teenage boysmodern-day Sam and biblical Ishmaelunite over millennia to illustrate the power of forgiveness. Both lyrical and powerful, Grimes unusual novel is a meditation on faith and father-son relationships . . . Grimes commanding metaphors, authoritative style, and complex characterizations are uniquely compelling. Publishers Weekly, starred review The elemental connections and the hop (You made it in the end and so will I) will speak to a wide audience. Booklist, starred review
Nikki Grimes is the prolific and award-winning author of more than fifty books. A Coretta Scott King Award winner and recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Childrens Poetry, many of her titles have been cited as Notable Books by the American Library Association. She is renowned for her use of poetry to tell a cohesive story, for her insightful writing, and for her ability to connect with her readers. She currently resides in California.
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