Heaven by Angela Johnson
(Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)

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A poignant novel of deception and self-discover from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson.

You never know what’s gonna come down—in Heaven.

At fourteen, Marley knows she has Momma's hands and Pops's love for ice cream, that her brother doesn't get on her nerves too much, and that Uncle Jack is a big mystery. But Marley doesn't know all she thinks she does, because she doesn't know the truth. And when the truth comes down with the rain one stormy summer afternoon, it changes everything. It turns Momma and Pops into liars. It makes her brother a stranger and Uncle Jack an even bigger mystery.

All of a sudden, Marley doesn't know who she is anymore and can only turn to the family she no longer trusts to find out.
Truth often brings change. Sometimes that change is for the good. Sometimes it isn't. Coretta Scott King award-winning author Angela Johnson writes a poignant novel of deception and self-discovery -- about finding the truth and knowing what to do when truth is at hand.

About Angela Johnson

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Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. The First Part Last was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You, illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers and I Dream of Trains, both illustrated by Loren Long; and Lottie Paris Lives Here and its sequel Lottie Paris and the Best Place, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. She is also the author of the picture books A Sweet Smell of Roses, Just Like Josh Gibson, The Day Ray Got Away, and the upcoming All Different Now. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com.
Published November 19, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 156 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As in her Gone from Home (reviewed above), Johnson here explores the themes of what makes a place home and which people family. Fourteen-year-old Marley's tranquil life in Heaven, Ohio, turns hellish

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Johnson was 11 years old and close to death after a car accident when he experienced the ""Golden World,"" an ""antechamber of heaven"" where he felt ""purely tranquil"" and experienced ""joy beyond bound."" Recurring physical hardship due to the loss of his leg triggered a second illuminating ex...

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In this montage of Marley's changing perceptions, Johnson presents fragments of the whole picture a little at a time: images of people, places (the Western Union building ""1637"" steps away from Marley's house) and artifacts (a box filled with love letters between her birth parents) gain signifi...

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed "Whether called faith, destiny, or the hand of God, slender threads are at work bringing coherence and continuity to our lives.

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Sensing the sincerity from which Johnson writes, it becomes painful to stumble across lines like “Thank you for a female in my life that wasn’t a tramp.” Most readers will not be willing to overlook Johnson’s use of “have sleeked” when he clearly meant “have sought,” or “bosom” instead of “blosso...

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