Between the Lines

Between the Lines

Darrian dreams of writing for the New York Times. To hone his skills and learn more about the power of words, he enrolls in Mr. Ward's class, known for its open-mic poetry readings and boys vs. girls poetry slam. Everyone in class has something important to say, and in sharing their poetry, they learn that they all face challenges and have a story to tell--whether it's abo Darrian dreams of writing for the New York Times. To hone his skills and learn more about the power of words, he enrolls ...

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Title:Between the Lines
Author:Nikki Grimes
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:0399246886
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:216 pages pages

Between the Lines Reviews

  • Amy Formanski Duffy
    Feb 20, 2018
    A companion novel to Grimes? 2002 Bronx Masquerade, Between the Lines follows the lives of a group of high school juniors taking Mr. Ward?s Literature class. Like the teens In Bronx Masquerade, they bond as they read their poems in class and as they prep for an end of the year poet...
  • Laura Gardner
    Feb 12, 2018
    ?????/5 for Between the Lines & Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes. Between the Lines is a companion novel to the Coretta Scott King award winning Bronx Masquerade, a book about a group of students who find the power of poetry together in their English class. Now Mr. Ward...
  • Donalyn
    Feb 17, 2018
    Fabulous stand-alone companion to Bronx Masquerade. ...
  • Toni
    Nov 13, 2017
    I laughed aloud in the first few pages because of Nikki Grime's sheer cleverness. I was also happy to read a companion to The Bronx Masquerade, which I love. She did not disappoint me. This is a similar format to Bronx Masquerade in which one character serves as a main narrator, but mi...
  • Donna Merritt
    Oct 25, 2017
    Even better than Bronx Masquerade. Darrian replaces Tyrone as the "connecting" narrator in this one, and I loved how his character (a future news reporter) created inventive headlines throughout the book. In addition to enjoying the poetry and the process of writing poetry, I learned s...
  • Mary Librarian
    Mar 05, 2018
    I really liked the format of this book. It was mostly narrative, told from the perspectives of several diverse male and female students. Interspersed were poems that were windows into the lives of the high schoolers. Lots of very serious issues were tackled but the book is not weighed ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 04, 2018
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Darrian really wants to be a news reporter, and a teacher suggests that if he really wants to learn to write, he should investigate poetry. He signs up for a poetry class in high school where all of the students are working toward doing a poetry slam. T...
  • Laura Salas
    Mar 08, 2018
    Fantastic! Think I love it even more than Bronx Masquerade. This novel gets into the stories of several teens, all facing different issues. Really made me think. And the poetry was awesome! Favorite bits: "Think about how the right use of words can shape the stories you want to wri...
  • Brenda Kahn
    Dec 02, 2017
    This companion/ sequel to Bronx Masquerade was terrific! It stands alone nicely but fans of Bronx Masquerade will be thrilled to revisit Mr. Ward's eleventh grade poetry class. It's a new year and a new group of students with Darrian being the narrator who introduces the reader to his ...
  • Jana
    Jan 31, 2018
    I had the opportunity to read an Advanced Readers Copy of this novel in verse that was provided to my #BookRelays group. I really enjoyed reading this book that explores the lives and struggles of the members of a high school poetry writing class. Each of the kids are taking this class...
  • Diayll
    Feb 22, 2018
    Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: ARC from Publisher/Blog Tour Reviewer: Me This is my first novel by Nikki Grimes and I have to admit, anytime I read a book from a new author I?m concerned I either won?t enjoy it or...
  • Carla
    Jan 14, 2018
    Always love reading anything by Nikki Grimes. Meeting these kids and hearing their stories, especially Jenesis, will really touch you. ...
  • Linda
    Apr 04, 2018
    This is a 'next book' after Nikki Grimes? Coretta Scott King Award-winning Bronx Masquerade. It's a perfect book to read this April/poetry month, shows how important it could be for teachers to use poetry with students, helping them to express their feelings, "their" stories so they...
  • Tj Shay
    Aug 13, 2017
    To be honest, I've never been a huge fan of poetry. I mean to say I've enjoyed poetry, but it has never been my go-to thing to read. However, reading this book helped me understand the power of words and the way they can be used to speak truth. This entire book is a love letter to poet...
  • Brichimt
    Apr 04, 2018
    I loved Bronx Masquerade and loved this title just as well, but I think I loved Masquerade more. Maybe it was the age I was when I read it. Maybe it was the format at the time when there wasn't as many books in verse as there are now. I still love the between the lines analysis that Ni...
  • Lauren
    Mar 10, 2018
    3.5-4 stars. I loved the style of having a main narrator while also getting different POVs and poems from the other characters and learning about their diverse backgrounds and home situations. The headlines scattered throughout were a great touch, with one of my favorites being GIRL AT...
  • Samantha
    Feb 27, 2018
    The first thing that came to mind when I started this book was that is reminded me of freedom writers. It was such an inspiring read. Not only did it make me think that you really don't know what other people have going on in their lives and you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but ...
  • Kate Olson
    Jan 27, 2018
    @kidlitexchange #partner ~ I loved Bronx Masquerade and I loved this one EVEN MORE! Although it can stand alone, I definitely think that these titles are best read in sequence so that readers can see Tyrone's evolution and how the popularity of the slam poetry class grows. The characte...
  • Sarah
    Feb 17, 2018
    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The sequel to Bronx Masquerade kicks off with Darrian, a fledgling newspaper reporter, who is trying to develop his skills. Darrian heard about Mr. Ward's class and his poetry slams. Darrian decides to give the cla...
  • Michele
    Jan 26, 2018
    Thank you Penguin Random House for this free copy at #aasl17! In this companion novel to Bronx Masquerade (I didn't read that and still did fine with this book), MANY characters examine their lives through learning how to write poetry. While I find it hard to believe students would di...
  • Nikki
    Mar 18, 2018
    I absolutely loved this one more than the original. I felt like the style of writing flowed and the message that she was wanting to get across with a few of her characters made it. Nikki Grimes also put herself out there by showing us that she was in foster care and that some of the th...
  • Liz Friend
    Apr 13, 2018
    The story: A group of high school kids get to know each other on a completely different level through the medium of poetry. Everyone ends up in Mr. Ward's class for different reasons, but learning to use the right words helps them deal with their issues: Darrian's mom is dead, Jenesis ...
  • Beth Schultz
    Mar 31, 2018
    This book was amazing! While I liked Bronx Masquerade tremendously, I enjoyed Between the Lines even more. While this is a companion novel, I do feel it can stand alone as well. Both books follow the same format telling the story of an English teacher's classroom in which the students ...
  • Mary Thomas
    Mar 19, 2018
    @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Four stars for Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes! This novel told in verse and vignettes is a companion book to Nikki Grimes's now classic Bronx Masquerade. In...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    Feb 22, 2018
    This was a wonderful and very powerful read. ...
  • Breanna
    Mar 03, 2018
    Thank you to KidLitExchange and the publisher for a chance to read the ARC for free so that I could provide an honest review. As I said when I reviewed Bronx Masquerade, I'm not much of a poetry reader since I have zero internal rhythm but having the context for each made it easier I t...
  • Lesley
    Jul 09, 2017
    I would give this novel 6 stars if I could (I apologize for the long review). My very first year of teaching, a student?s father called me and accused me of wasting his son?s time with poetry. I listened, aghast, but did not know quite what to say. I wish I had had Nikki Grimes?...
  • Lulu (the library leopard)
    Mar 14, 2018
    Was this a perfect novel? No. There was a lot of summary and the combination of very short chapters + tons of POVs sometimes confused me. However, I loved reading about these characters finding their self-worth and voices through poetry. This book also tackles a lot of important issue...
  • Kristin Crouch
    Mar 11, 2018
    Between the Lines shifts perspectives between the many students of a poetry class. True to life, every student is bringing their own hopes, dreams, struggles, and despair to class daily. But the use of poetry helps them work through their complicated legacies and emotions. This book ...
  • Claire Hagedorn
    Feb 25, 2018
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. I truly LOVED this book. I read Bronx Masquerade first but the two books could be read alone, if you wanted to. I love the multiple perspectives of the book and the way that Nikki Grim...