Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

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Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she's still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel's new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend. Yet Laurel is haunted by voices and memories from her past.

When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she immediately falls under its spell, loving the way it erases, even if only briefly, her past. But as she becomes alienated from her friends and family, she becomes a shell of her former self, and longs to be whole again. With help from an artist named Moses and her friend Kaylee, she's able to begin to rewrite her story and start to move on from her addiction.

Incorporating Laurel's bittersweet memories of life before and during the hurricane, this is a stunning novel by one of our finest writers. Jacqueline Woodson's haunting - but ultimately hopeful - story is beautifully told and one readers will not want to miss.
 

About Jacqueline Woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson (www.jacquelinewoodson.com) is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the recipient of three Newbery Honor Awards for After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers and Show Way, and a two-time finalist for the National Book Award for Locomotion and Hush. Others awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Miracle's Boys. Her most recent novel, Beneath a Meth Moon, will be published spring 2012. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.E. B. Lewis (www.eblewis.com) has illustrated more than fifty picture books, including Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Talkin' About Bessie (by Nikki Grimes) and Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon (by Jacqueline Woodson). He taught art in public schools for twelve years, and currently teaches at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Folsom, New Jersey.
 
Published February 2, 2012 by Speak. 197 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fifteen-year-old Laurel attempts to understand and move past a year of her life when addiction to methamphetamine nearly cost her family and her life.

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Examiner

But, her good fortune turns out to be her undoing, when her new boyfriend introduces her to meth, better known to Laurel as “moon.” It doesn’t take Laurel any time at all to fall into the grips of meth, and she falls hard—so hard that she eventually ends up on the street, no home, broken teeth, ...

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BENEATH A METH MOON is a touching novel that challenges many commonly held notions about teenage drug use and the way society treats young addicts --- the idea that addicts begin with a lesser substance, that they are troubled kids, that they lack good parental support, that most are criminals or...

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Common Sense Media

Laurel's grandmother refuses to leave, however, so Laurel's mother stays behind.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Laurel's new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend.

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The Horn Book

For instance, the water rises to take Laurel’s home and family in Pass Christian, while the sign for their new city reads: “Welcome to Galilee, where life is a walk on water.” Laurel’s recovery will take no less than such a miracle.

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Book Divas

When Beneath a Meth Moon opens Laurel is already at the height of her addiction.

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Reading Today Online

Laurel Daneau at 15 has survived a hurricane by fleeing Pass Christian, Mississippi, with her Daddy and baby brother, Jesse, Jr.

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