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.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 208 Vendor: Zondervan Publication Date: 2010 Dimensions: 8.75 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310720788 ISBN-13: 9780310720782 Availability: In Stock Ages: 15-18
My boyfriend used to think it was cute, a girl named Mister. Used to think I was cute. Used to be my boyfriend what feels like a million years ago. Then again, I used to be a good Christian girl, the kind who would never, well... Just goes to show how little people know. Even I was surprised by me. Now, I close my eyes hoping to see exactly where I went wrong. Mary Rudine, called Mister by almost everyone, has attended church and sung in the choir for as long as she can remember. But then she meets Trey. His long lashes and smooth words make her question what she knows is right, and one mistake leaves her hiding a growing secret. Another Mary is preparing for her upcoming wedding and has done everything according to Jewish law. So when an angel appears one night and tells her that she---a virgin---will give birth, Mary can't help but feel confused, and soon finds herself struggling with the greatest blessing the world will ever know. Feeling abandoned, Mister is drawn to Mary's story, and together both young women discover the depth of God's love and the mysteries of his divine plan.
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 Children's 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 God's 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. -- Booklist - Frances Bradburn