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A Girl Named Mister

Format: Paperback

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New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes presents the story of Mary “Mister” Rudine, a teenage girl whose life tips sideways after one mistake: falling for Trey. Now forced to hide not only her shame but a growing secret, Mister tries to find solace in the story of another unwed teenage mother, one who shares her first name.


Mary Rudine, called Mister by almost everyone, has attended church and sung in the choir for as long as she can remember. But then she meets Trey. His long lashes and smooth words make her question everything, and one mistake leaves her hiding a growing secret.

Another Mary is excited about her upcoming wedding, and has done everything according to Jewish law. So when an angel appears and tells her—a virgin—she’ll give birth, Mary can’t help but feel confused, and soon finds herself struggling with the realities of God’s blessing.

While feeling abandoned, Mister is drawn to Mary’s story, and through reading begins to understand the future laid before her.

“This novel in poetry looks clearly at both teen pregnancy and struggles with faith. Mister is exceptionally well characterized ... The language is intimate and immediate.” —Kirkus Reviews


Contributor(s) Nikki Grimes
About the Contributor(s) Nikki Grimes

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in California.

UPC 025986761462
ISBN-10 0310761468
ISBN-13 9780310761464
Release Date Jan 3, 2017
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.40
Width 5.50
Length 240
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Blink
Price $8.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
My boyfriend used to think
it was cute,
a girl named Mister.
Used to think I was cute.
Used to be my boyfriend
what feels like
a million years ago.
Then again, I used to be a good Christian girl,
the kind who would never, well...
Just goes to show
how little people know.
Even I was surprised by me.
Now, I close my eyes
hoping to see
exactly where I went wrong.

A story written entirely in verse. Many are not a fan and I being one. But, I want to review the story and what it contains and my feelings about the writing, itself. The writing is in typical Nikki Grimes fashion. She may hit some sore spots but she tends to get her point across really well.

Mister is actually a nickname based on the young lady's initials. She is referred to as this but I wasn't sure what it really had to do with the overall story. She is a 15 year old that got pregnant and is having to live with the decision she as made.

The author has taken the life of Mister and did a comparison read along or shadowing to show comparisons or contrasts between the two. Her experience in doing this is very good and she showed the stigma that comes from getting pregnant at a young age. A very good read!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own. (Posted on 1/31/2017)

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