A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: Nikki GRIMES
Subject/Category: Gr. 4-7
Year Reviewed:: 2017
Review: In this novel in five-line-tanka verse, Garvey is overweight, bullied, and not an athlete like his father wishes. Everyone in his family seemingly has a talent except for Garvey. That is, until his only friend convinces him to try out for the school choir. Garvey finally discovers his gift: his voice. He develops new friendships and is selected as a soloist at the school concert. But Garvey knows this won’t be okay with his father.