Almost Zero

Almost Zero

By Nikki Grimes; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

Putnam Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780399251771, 112pp.

Publication Date: October 28, 2010


Dyamonde really wants red high-top sneakers. Too bad they're so expensive! A classmate tells her it's her mom's job to give her what she needs, but when Dyamonde tries that argument, her mom teaches her a lesson by literally only giving her what she needs. Now Dyamonde is down to almost zero outfits! But then she finds out one of her friends has it much worse, and she's determined to do what she can to help.

Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes' third book starring the unstoppable Dyamonde Daniel will delight fans and new readers alike, with energetic storytelling, relatable situations and Dyamonde's spitfire personality.

About the Author
Nikki Grimes is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, including the Coretta Scott King Awardwinner Bronx Masquerade and the New York Times bestseller Barack Obama; Son of Promise, Child of Hope. A world traveler, Nikki has spoken and performed in China, Sweden, Tanzania, and other far-flung places. You can visit her on the web at

R. Gregory Christie is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit his website to learn more: