Bestselling author Nikki Grimes, author of Dark Sons, Barak Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, and Voices of Christmas, presents the story of Mister, a teenage girl who honestly and poignantly tells her story of temptation and teenage pregnancy through free verse, and who finds support and forgiveness from God through a book of poetry presented from the virgin Mary’s perspective.
Mary Rudine (M. R., hence the nickname “Mister”) is fourteen and a Christian devout enough to sport a promise ring. A good student focusing on college in her future, Mister is blessed with a great relationship with her single mother. Mister’s BFF, Sethany, shares her values and interests. But beautiful Trey, with long lashes and silky come-on lines, breaks through Mister’s resolve, and after one painful sexual encounter, her life spirals off the track of promise and into the bleak future of hard choices. In the first weeks before Mister can admit she’s pregnant, she finds comfort in a book of poems, written as if they were penned by Mary, mother of Jesus, who, while pregnant, is filled with much of the same uncertainty facing Mister. Dumped by Trey, Mister finally confesses to her mother, who belatedly realizes that keeping the secret of her own teen pregnancy (with Mister) helped contribute to her daughter’s situation. Writing in lovely prose with lyrical, forthright language that avoids over-moralizing while driving home the big issues of teen pregnancy, award-winning Nikki Grimes just may help a few young women make different choices. At the same time, she effectively makes the case for parents and schools to continue to educate, educate, educate. Reviewer: Beth Andersen
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