Words with Wings, by Nikki Grimes

Words with WingsSummary:  Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents’ arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble. Her mother scolds her for it, her teacher keeps telling her to pay attention, and the other kids tease her…until she finds a friend who also daydreams and her teacher decides to work a daydreaming-writing session into every school day. With a notebook “thick with daydreams,” Gabby grows more confident about herself and her future. This verse novel poignantly celebrates the power of writing and the inspiration a good teacher can deliver.

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  1. This book is a novel-in-verse and I thought the fact that it was written in poems really added to the book. I think they support the idea of Gabby having a talent for writing, especially since the book is in first person. The poems in this book also really feel like poems; they don’t just feel like regular sentences separated by spaces, they flow.
    I think this book is a contender for the Mock Newbery.

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