Gabby's world is filled with daydreams. Now, what began as an escape from her parents' arguments has taken over her life. But with the help of a new teacher, Gabby the dreamer might just become Gabby the writer. Written in vivid accessible poems, this verse novel is a celebration of one girl's indomitable spirit and of a teacher's ability to reach out and change a life. Review Quotes: * ." . . Grimes has written a novel in verse that is an enthusiastic celebration of the power of words and imagination. . . Always accessible, Grimes' language is vivid, rhythmic, and figurative. . . Grimes' words speak to the daydreamer in every reader." --"Booklist", starred review Review Quotes: " . . . Grimes packs substantial emotional heft into her poems, especially the way that Gabby's parents' separation weighs on her. . . her poems lovingly convey the rich inner life (and turmoil) of a girl in the process of finding her voice." --"Publishers Weekly" Review Quotes: * "In this delightfully spare narrative in verse, Coretta Scott King Award-winning Grimes examines a marriage's end from the perspective of a child. . . Throughout this finely wrought narrative, Grimes' free verse is tight, with perfect breaks of line and effortless shifts from reality to dream states and back. An inspirational exploration of caring among parent, teacher and child--one of Grimes' best." --"Kirkus Reviews", starred review
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by Nikki Grimes
"Young Gabby is a dreamer who creates verse. Narrator Mutiyat Ade-Salu celebrates GrimesÕs verse, emphasizing the contrasts between her simple musings on family, school, and life and her vibrant word-inspired daydreams. Ade-Salu adjusts her pace to the subject matterÑfrom the gentleness of rain and butterflies to the exhilaration of a roller coaster. The combined efforts of an understanding teacher and a fellow student dreamer help Gabby take wing with words. M.F.T. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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