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Dark Sons

Format: Paperback

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This Coretta Scott King Honor book for young adults from New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Nikki Grimes tells the dual stories of Sam, a teen whose dad leaves him and his mother for another woman, and Ishmael, the son of Abraham, who must deal with a different type of rejection when Isaac arrives.

A guy whose father ripped his heart out too.

You and me, Ishmael, we’re brothers, two dark sons.


Destroyed, lost, and isolated, the perspectives of two teenage boys—modern-day Sam, and biblical Ishmael—unite over millennia to illustrate the power of forgiveness.

“Grimes's commanding metaphors ("Look at you, mother,/ trembling,/ a bowshot away,/ your tears/ the only water/ for miles," says the exiled Ishmael), authoritative style, and complex characterizations are uniquely compelling.” —Publisher’s Weekly starred review

“The simple words eloquently reveal what it's like to miss someone … but even more moving is the struggle to forgive and the affection each boy feels for the baby that displaces him. The elemental connections and the hope … will speak to a wide audience." —Booklist starred review

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 025986761509
ISBN-10 0310761506
ISBN-13 9780310761501
Release Date Jan 3, 2017
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.30
Width 5.40
Length 208
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Blink
Price $8.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
First, I would like to say I love how the author split the book between modern day Sam and Bible times-Ishmael. I'm not a fan of the lay out but overall the writing was good. She did a fantastic job!

This is a story between two world that are remarkable different but have big similarities. Ishmael felt rejected by everyone, I am sure---even God. Sam and Ishmael both had a lot of adversities to overcome and a lot of racial and ethnic divides that forced them into a corner that many minorities have to battle every day.

The author was able to correlate between the two and provide a path to forgiveness. Forgiveness that was very much needed on both ends of the spectrum.

**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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