Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
(Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books)

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Finalist for the National Book Award

When Lonnie was seven years old, his parents died in a fire. Now he's eleven, and he still misses them terribly. And he misses his little sister, Lili, who was put into a different foster home because "not a lot of people want boys-not foster boys that ain't babies." But Lonnie hasn't given up. His foster mother, Miss Edna, is growing on him. She's already raised two sons and she seems to know what makes them tick. And his teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper.

Told entirely through Lonnie's poetry, we see his heartbreak over his lost family, his thoughtful perspective on the world around him, and most of all his love for Lili and his determination to one day put at least half of their family back together. Jacqueline Woodson's poignant story of love, loss, and hope is lyrically written and enormously accessible.
 

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 December 29, 2004 by Speak. 120 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The short length, the Brooklyn setting, the resonance of the characters’ situations with those of many young readers and Woodson’s undeniable literary talent still distinguish this among the reading choices available for this audience, but it’s only for collections where the one title just won’t ...

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And with this first novel-in-verse for her, Lonnie will sit by many readers and teach them to see like he does, “This day is already putting all kinds of words / in your head / and breaking them up into lines / and making the lines into pictures in your mind.” Don’t let anyone miss this.

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Following the character introduced in Locomotion, Woodson switches from poetry to letters to show how 12-year-old Lonnie Collins Motion, aka Locomotion, maintains a bond with his younger sister, Lili.

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As Lonnie explores poetry's various forms throughout this brief yet poignant and occasionally humorous volume, he also reveals Miss Edna's kindness toward him in the little things she says and does ("The last time Miss Edna came home and found me/ crying She said Think/ about all the stuff you lo...

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The Washington Post

Lonnie (the poignantly expressive Nickolas Vaughan) and Lili (Fatima Quander), the young sister he adores, wind up in different foster homes: Her new family doesn't want a boy, so Lonnie lands with a brisk, bossy woman named Miss Edna (Quander).

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The Bookbag

It's been a while since Lonnie C Motion - Locomotion to his friends - wrote his sixty poems about coming to terms with the death of his parents in a fire.

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Common Sense Media

He has suffered great loss, but his life is improving, and his chronicle of past and present is powerfully poignant as he tries out a number of poetic forms, and comments on the art of writing as well as his life and thoughts.

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