A Dyamonde Daniel Book

Book - 2009/10/29
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Free is excited about a local poetry contest because of its cash prize, but when he and Dyamonde befriend a classmate who is homeless and living in a shelter, they rethink what it means to be rich or poor.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2009/10/29
ISBN: 9780399251764
Branch Call Number: J SERIES DYA
Characteristics: 95 p
Additional Contributors: Christie, Gregory 1971-- Illustrator


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Aug 29, 2013

Bravo to Grimes for addressing some tougher topics so matter-of-factly and non-pityingly (this is not trauma lit) in a beginning chapter book that she makes it look easy. The first: one many might not think of as a tough topic, but one that I know is fraught with meaning for many who have grown up poor: shopping in secondhand stores. Dyamonde enjoys it, calls it treasure hunting, and can't imagine why you wouldn't want your clothes to have a past; her best friend, Free, is skeptical, but comes around after finding his idea of a treasure (not clothes, but a jar of marbles for 50 cents). The second: the fact that some schoolkids live in shelters, like Grimes's character Damaris, who runs from Dyamonde the day Dyamonde sees her walking out of a homeless shelter. Dyamonde's a thoughtful kid, while at the same time a direct one, never pretending away something she's observed. As she was at getting Free to open up about his anger in book one, in "Rich" Dyamonde's a natural at finding a way that feels safe for Damaris (who's tired of hiding but averse to anyone feeling sorry for her) to talk about her current life at the shelter. I liked this second book in the Dyamonde Daniel series even better than the first.


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