Nikki Grimes Dark Sons

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Dark Sons

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  Sam can't believe it when his father leaves the family to marry another woman--and a white woman, at that. The betrayal cuts deep--Sam had been so close to his dad, he idolized him. Now who can he turn to, who can he trust? Even God seems to have ditched him.
Ishmael is his father's first son, the heir, his favorite. But when his father is visited by mysterious strangers who claim that Abraham's wife, Sarah, will finally give birth to a legitimate son, Ishmael is worried. And when baby Isaac arrives, Ishmael becomes more isolated from his father. Could Abraham's God, who had spoken to Ishmael's mother, to whom he has made countless sacrifices, now betray him in favor of this new son?

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'Both lyrical and powerful, Grimes' unusual novel is mediation on faith and father-son relationships ... Grimes' commanding metaphors, authoritative style and complex characterizations are uniquely compelling.'---Publisher's Weekly, starred review 'The elemental connections and the hope ('You made it / in the end / and so will I') will speak to a wide audience.'---Booklist, starred review A guy whose father ripped his heart out too. Me and you, Ishmael, we're brothers, two dark sons. Betrayed, lost, and isolated, the perspectives of two teenage boys---modern-day Sam and biblical Ishmael---unite over millennia to illustrate the power of forgiveness.

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Nikki Grimes won the 2005 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award forDark Sons. She is the distinguished author of more than thirty-one children's books, includingWhat is Goodbye?,a 2004 ALA Notable Book.She received the 2003 Coretta Scott King Award for her novelBronx Masqueradeas well as a 2003 Coretta Scott King Author Honor for her picture bookTalkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman.Many of her other books have been cited as Notable Books by the American Library Association, includingCome Sunday, a picture book in verse;Something on My Mind;andMeet Danitra Brown, which also won a Coretta Scott King Honor. She lives in Corona, California.

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