The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson

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A lyrical coming-of-age story from a three-time Newbery Honor winning author

Thirteen-year-old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline, but she took on a fiercer name. She's always been different--set apart by the tragic deaths of her grandparents in an anti-civil rights bombing, by her parents' interracial marriage, and by her family's retreat from the world. This summer she has a new reason to feel set apart--her confused longing for her friend Hazel. When cousin Trout comes to stay, she gives Staggerlee a first glimpse of her possible future selves and the world beyond childhood.

About Jacqueline Woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson ( 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 ( 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 November 11, 2010 by Puffin. 140 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Woodson takes readers another step down the road when Trout later writes to admit that she's gone head over heels for a guy, and Staggerlee, though feeling betrayed, realizes that she and Trout are both growing and going their own ways.

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The daughter of an interracial couple, 14-year-old Staggerlee is already an outsider when she wonders if she is gay, too.

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Young Staggerlee named herself after seeing her late, famous grandparents perform a song with that name on old tapes of The Ed Sullivan Show.

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After Ellen

But Trout also has her own share of problems: Trout told her aunt Hallique about having kissed a girl, and Hallique told Ida Mae before she died, and that’s why Trout was sent to visit Staggerlee's family: to make her into “a lady.” ...

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