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Bronx Masquerade Book Talk

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  • I have not read Bronx Masquerade but El Noche by Lupe Algarin touched me deeply. I know Lupe Algarin is only one character in the book but the poem is very moving non-the-less. What a great writing. I am not much of a book reader because I spent most of my life writing technical research papers. When we write, we reveal about our lives that others don't know about just like the book says. Now you know something about me many others don't know about. Greetings,
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  • Bronx Masquerade By Nikki Grimes A Book Talk by Ms. J. Cansdale
  • About the Author
    • Born in New York City
    • Began writing poetry at age six.
    • Prolific writer and award winner.
    • Also wrote Meet Danitra Brown, Hopscotch Love
    • Teaches and travels internationally.
    • Nikki Grimes's website
  • What It’s About
    • Setting: a high school in the Bronx
    • Characters: 18 students and Mr. Ward, their English teacher
    • Plot: While studying the Harlem Renaissance Poets, students become interested in writing their own poetry, which they share with the class, thereby revealing details about their lives previously unknown by others.
  • What’s Special….
    • The story is told through narrative and poetry.
    • Chapters are written in the voice of each of the characters.
    • The poems are written by each of the characters, like this:
    • “El Noche ”
  • El Noche by Lupe Algarin
    • I stand out in the cold
    • El noche and I
    • Both too lonely for whispers.
    • Only the wind shatters this silence.
    • I have been here before
    • Choking in solitude, but this time
    • When all the earth is hollow as a bell,
    • I hold one end, ring it,
    • And you come – a pale-skinned surprise,
    • A friend.
  • What I Think About It
    • The story of these young people is very timely and completely held my interest. I especially enjoyed the unique voices that Grimes created for each character through narrative and poetry.
    • Aspiring writers, poetry lovers,
    • and probably most teenagers would find themselves captivated by this book.
  • Bronx Masquerade reminded me of
    • Another book by Nikki Grimes.
    • Written as a journal or diary.
    • Main character also writes poetry.
    • Similar conflict.
    • Similar setting.