Running Back To Ludie by Angela Johnson

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A young woman has only vague recollections of her mother, Ludie. Her father and aunt are the only family she's ever really known, yet lately, they don't seem to fill the emptiness left by the mother who walked out of her life. One day, Ludie writes unexpectedly; she wants to see her daughter again. The girl takes the chance to be whole ­ by running back to Ludie.

About Angela Johnson

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Angela Johnson was born on June 18, 1961 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended Kent State University and worked with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) as a child development worker. She has written numerous children's books including Tell Me a Story, Mama, Shoes like Miss Alice, Looking for Red, A Cool Moonlight and Lily Brown's Paintings. She won the Coretta Scott King Author's Award three times for Toning the Sweep in 1994, for Heaven in 1999, and for The First Part Last in 2004, which also won the Michael L. Printz Award. In 2003, she was named a MacArthur fellow.
Published October 1, 2001 by Orchard. 48 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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/ More careful than the others / with / mothers / that they take for granted.” The poetic spotlight dances along, illuminating moments and emotions, but never dwelling overlong on any of its subjects.

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With only the most tenuous memories of her mother, the young narrator of these evocative poems thrives with a loving father and her Aunt Lucille.

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RUNNING BACK TO LUDIE is a coming-of-age story about a girl who wants to find herself by finding her mother written in short poems.

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