Garvey’s Choice

Written by Nikki Grimes

Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading—- anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey’s life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father—by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports.

This story is about relationships and self discovery. It involves several issues that many students will relate to. It is told in verse, which sometimes students avoid. It is a quick easy read that I think many students will enjoy and learn from.

Review by Vanessa Eyre, Robert Frost Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Garvey’s Choice
Written by Nikki Grimes
Wordsong, an imprint of Highlights
108 pages
Release Date: October 4, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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