Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson

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Ada Ruth's mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind. It's war time, and women are needed to fill the men's jobs. As winter sets in, Ada Ruth and her grandma keep up their daily routine, missing Mama all the time. They find strength in each other, and a stray kitten even arrives one day to keep them company, but nothing can fill the hole Mama left. Every day they wait, watching for the letter that says Mama will be coming on home soon. Set during World War II, Coming On Home Soon has a timeless quality that will appeal to all who wait and hope.

 

About Jacqueline Woodson

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Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She now writes full-time and has recently received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Her other awards include a Newbery Honor, two Coretta Scott King awards, two National Book Award finalists, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Although she spends most of her time writing, Woodson also enjoys reading the works of emerging writers and encouraging young people to write, spending time with her friends and her family, and sewing. Jacqueline Woodson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published October 7, 2004 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a perfect pairing with Woodson’s text, Lewis manages to make his rich watercolors glow with the light of memory in a simple story of another time of war.

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The story begins as Ada Ruth, a young African American girl watches her mother pack.There is a war, and "they're hiring colored women" in the city, because the men are away.

Jul 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Coming On Home Soon

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