Ordinary Hazards

Ordinary Hazards

"This powerful story, told with the music of poetry and the blade of truth, will help your heart grow."--Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak and Shout

"[A] testimony and a triumph."--Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down

In her own voice, acclaimed author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a compelling and moving memoir in verse.

Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night - and discovered the magic and impact of writing. For many years, Nikki's notebooks were her most enduing companions. In this accessible and inspiring memoir that will resonate with young readers and adults alike, Nikki shows how the power of those words helped her conquer the hazards - ordinary and extraordinary - of her life.

Title:Ordinary Hazards
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781629798813
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    Ordinary Hazards Reviews

  • Brina

    Read this young adult poetry in motion memoir in between longer books this nonfiction reading year. I read Nikki Grimes’ Bronx Masquerade two years ago, in which she inspires Bronx high school stude...

  • Jenna

    There's something about memoirs written in verse form that I find particularly appealing. There isn't as much detail and yet so much can be derived from a perfect metaphor, or from the feelings that c...

  • Paul  Hankins

    "It's a long story,/ but I am a poet./I can cut it short." (from the Prologue to ORDINARY HAZARDS)Full Disclosure: I've been sitting with Nikki Grimes's memoir, ORDINARY HAZARDS, and I have been waiti...

  • Stephanie Bange

    Note: Reviewed from an ARC.If you are to read one book this year, this should be the one you should pick up. Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir is an amazing peek into the formative years of poet Nikki Grimes...

  • Lynn

    Extraordinary writing that touches every part of the heart and soul. Grimes' poetry is exquisite and there isn't a single poem in this book that wasn't like taking a master class in writing. Every emo...

  • Janet

    Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir--I tried to fix title/ISBN glitch but couldn't. Poignant, beautiful, and even more meaningful because of a wonderful dinner I had with Grimes several years ago at TLA....

  • Ledayne

    As an aspiring young writer, Grimes told her mentor, "I want to write books about some of the darkness I've seen, real stories about real people, you know? But I also want to write about the light, be...

  • Alex  Baugh

    The difference between an autobiography and a memoir is that the first is about facts covering the author's entire life. Memoir is about our emotional truths and the experiences that help us to become...

  • Pam

    Nikki Grimes memoir is a must-read. The books covers what she can remember of the incidents involving her childhood with an alcoholic and schizophrenic mother, a distant father and an abusive step fat...

  • Shauna Yusko

    The writing!...