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Garvey wishes his father could accept him for who he is. He just doesn’t like sports. He likes reading. His father’s comments sting, and the only thing that seems to soften the blow is eating. And eating. The more weight he gains, the more he is tormented by his father and his classmates. Can Garvey find a way to connect with his father and love himself?
Told in a series of poems, Garvey’s story tackles the struggle to overcome the judgments of others and find a sense of self worth. Despite Garvey’s difficult relationship with his father, they do love one another and ultimately will gain a deeper understanding for each other as they grow closer. Short and full of beautiful language, this new novel from Nikki Grimes will appeal to middle grade realistic fiction readers, poetry lovers, and even reluctant readers who may be encouraged by the short chapters and abundant white space.