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Ordinary Hazards
A Memoir
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In her own voice, acclaimed author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a compelling and moving memoir in verse. Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid...
In her own voice, acclaimed author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a compelling and moving memoir in verse. Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid...
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  • In her own voice, acclaimed author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a compelling and moving memoir in verse. Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night - and discovered the magic and impact of writing. For many years, Nikki's notebooks were her most enduing companions. In this accessible and inspiring memoir that will resonate with young readers and adults alike, Nikki shows how the power of those words helped her conquer the hazards - ordinary and extraordinary - of her life.
 

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  • AudioFile Magazine Award-winning poet and author Nikki Grimes shares moments that she endured and overcame in a memoir of her youth. After she discovered the magic of writing at a young age, her notebooks became her chosen medium to express the pain of being separated from her sister in the foster system, an alcoholic mother with paranoid schizophrenia, and a father who was in and out of her life. Grimes is able to express the emotions she put into her free verse, turning her work into an oral poetry presentation that conveys her belief in the power of words. This inspiring audiobook will have listeners seeking out Grimes's other works. E.J.F. � AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine

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