Garvey's Choice

Garvey's Choice

Book - 2016
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"Garvey's father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading--anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey's life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father--by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports." --
Publisher: Honesdale, Pennsylvania :, Wordsong, an imprint of Highlights,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781629797403
Branch Call Number: J FICTION Grimes Nikki 10/2016
Characteristics: xi, 108 pages ;,20 cm


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Mar 18, 2018

"Round still, but that's fine.
Feeling good outside and in.
Maybe I'm not thin,
but skinny isn't perfect.
The perfect size is happy."

Wisdom from Garvey that even adults can learn from. Loved this story told in tanka poems from the perspective of a young man who struggles with his weight and connecting with this father. Short, but sweet and highly recommended.

kathleen_DCL Aug 17, 2017

Written using the Tanka poetry format, "Garvey's Choice"conveys the feelings and frustrations of a middle-school aged boy who is trying to find acceptance from his father and classmates. Even though very few words are used, they are powerful and effective. An enjoyable book for kids in middle school all the way to adults.

Jan 19, 2017

A quick read that is deceptively simple. Grimes's poetry is immediately accessible to even struggling readers, and appears so straightforward that they may not realize just how carefully each word is chosen. Garvey is an immediately relatable character, a boy with plenty of interests, but not the one (sports) that his father wants for him. Because of the poetry, it's a fast read, and may feel to some readers that it moves a bit quickly through Garvey's development as he takes a chance on chorus and discovers his voice. The poetic form also doesn't allow for a lot of character development outside of Garvey himself - his family comes across as a bit one-note. Still, Garvey is an immensely likable and sympathetic character, and while the happy ending may feel a bit easy, it's impossible not to root for Garvey and feel a sense of satisfaction as he tackles his weight issues and starts down a path of more understanding from his father.

KCLS_RobinH Dec 19, 2016

A quick read, told in the first person using a loose Tanka poetry form. Garvey struggles with weight, confidence, and acceptance by his peers and his father, but with the help of a few good friends, he finds his voice, quite literally.

Oct 18, 2016

A "sleeper hit". This book full of poetry should stay on your mind long after read. A boy tries to please his father and bullied over his weight. He finds friends and solace in singing. I don't really like books in verse but I found myself eager to find out how he was going to face his issues. Every child has that struggle to be accepted by his parents and usually fathers are harder to connect to. I liked how he overcame his bully and moved on in life in a practical way. A quiet, simpler book with depth. Nice variety in getting a window into a young boy's mind.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Oct 11, 2016

This was a pretty impressive feat of writing, since Grimes wrote not just in verse, but specifically using the Japanese tanka format -- and the result is that you can see the care with which she selected each word. This is a super short read, but it's got a lot of substance -- it's beautifully written, the main character feels fully realized, and the theme of self-acceptance is beautifully expressed without feeling preachy in the least. A bit of the resolution at the end felt slightly hasty, but that's a minor quibble, because overall this is a lovely, memorable book.


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Jan 19, 2017

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