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Bronx Masquerade Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2003
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"Bronx Masquerade" follows the individual stories of the students of a poetry class taught in a New York public high school. Each kid in the class begins with his or her own preconceptions about their fellow students. During the course of the book/class, these preconceptions are pounded to dust as the kids write and recite poetry about their problems and dreams. Grimes is adept at making each individual in the class a different and distinct personality. In the end, no one dislikes anyone else and everyone has high hopes, or at least highER hopes, for their future.
The book is brave and endearing in what it wants to teach kids today. But there are some real problems with it that make me doubt its future staying power. To make this book realistic and applicable, Ms. Grimes has given the main character of the piece, Tyrone, some very slangy text. Tyrone refers to his "homies". He ends sentences with the phrase, "Word". Now, it's 2004 as I write this, and already I know that these terms are out of date. Any kid reading these phrases is going to doubt the legitimacy of the text. In five years, the book is going to seem dated. And in ten years it's possible the slang will obscure the message and render this book more of a historical piece than anything else. This is a real shame too.Read more ›
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This was one of the best novels for adolescents I've read and taught. I taught this novel with my students and we fell in love with everything about the novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JaLem
Bought for sons summer reading at school. Perfect price and conditionPublished 3 months ago by Spar99
I know how it's like, being different. And I know everybody wants to be everyone else, but that's only because they just saw the signature on the painting, not the art behind it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brooke
Excellent book for the younger kids that are now growing up in the society we live in now!!!!Published 5 months ago by CJ
This book was excellent. I think that everyone should read this. This books is very interesting and worth it believe me.Published 6 months ago by LivLuvLife
Uplifting and optimistic, this book reveals the important role teachers play in the lives of their students.Published 8 months ago by D. Friend
Boring book, not much of an interesting plot. Has a good theme, but not worth the time.Published 11 months ago by Sabine