From Coretta Scott King Award-winner Nikki Grimes comes a lyrical portrait of two young women, two pregnancies, and one timeless truth! Weaving biblical scenes of Mary the mother of Jesus with musings from a contemporary pregnant teenager struggling with her faith, Grimes ultimately brings them together to reveal God's unconditional love. For ages 15 to 18. 224 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.
Bestselling author Nikki Grimes, author of Dark Sons, Barak Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, and Voices of Christmas, presents the story of Mister, a teenage girl who honestly and poignantly tells her story of temptation and teenage pregnancy through free verse, and who finds support and forgiveness from God through a book of poetry presented from the virgin Marys perspective.
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.
Fourteen-year-old Mary Rudine, nicknamed M. R. and then just Mister, wears a promise ring, a symbol of her commitment to God and decision to wait for true love before she has sex. But in one brief moment, gorgeous smooth-talking Trey, with his gentle, seductive hands, weakens her resolve, and she gets pregnant. In terrified denial, she picks up a book about the Virgin Mary, which details a similar struggle with her fate and her faith. In alternating, free-verse narratives, Grimes parallels the stories of both Marys---their joy and terror as they carry a child, the support they accept from those who love them, and above all, their struggle to trust in Gods will for their lives. With each carefully chosen word, each wellcrafted image, the familiar teen pregnancy story is made unique by its faith-based undertones, dual perspectives, and lyrical language.
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