written by Nikki Grimes
Richard C. Owen, 2009
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Out of the Dark
Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book award What is Goodbye?, Jazmin’s Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books).
Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Nikki Grimes does not consider herself a bona fide storyteller, but, as she told an audience at the Library of Congress, she is happy to own the title Poet. Born and raised in New York City, Nikki began composing verse at the age of six and has been writing ever since.
“I had to beat back a lot of darkness in my life to find my way
to the light — my pen was a secret weapon in that battle.”