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ISBN13: 9780399231155
ISBN10: 0399231153
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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.

Review:

"Powerful and engaging." School Library Journal, starred review

Review:

"Searing and gritty story... Woodson composes a plot without easy answers." Kirkus Reviews

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"The kinetic energy of the aptly named Locomotion (the nickname of Lonnie Collins Motion) permeates the 60 poems that tell his sad yet hopeful story....Woodson, through Lonnie, creates...a contagious appreciation for poetry while using the genre as a cathartic means for expressing the young poet's own grief." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The line breaks make for very easy reading...ideal for use in classrooms where students are reading and writing poetry." Booklist

Synopsis:

Told through his own poetry, 11-year-old Lonnie shares his heartbreak over his parents, killed in a fire four years ago, and his love for his younger sister Lili, separated from him when they were placed in foster care.

About the Author

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 three Newbery Honors, 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.

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crowyhead, April 11, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a cool little book, told in first-person poems, about Lonnie C. Motion (Locomotion). Lonnie's life has been marked by tragedy: his parents both died in a fire, and he and his younger sister have been split up by the foster care system (although they able to see each other for short visits). Now, at eleven, he stuggles to find his voice and his place in the world with the help of his teacher, Mrs. Marcus.

The free verse novel has been kind of a popular form lately, and many authors have tackled it with varying success. Locomotion is an example of what an excellent author can do with such a limited canvas.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399231155
Author:
Woodson, Jacqueline
Publisher:
Putnam Publishing Group
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Social Situations - Death & Dying
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Poetry - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Poetry / Plays
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Foster home care
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Children's poetry, American
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
African American boys
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
General
Edition Description:
Picture book
Series Volume:
107-211
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.66x5.72x.56 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 128 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399231155 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Powerful and engaging."
"Review" by , "Searing and gritty story... Woodson composes a plot without easy answers."
"Review" by , "The kinetic energy of the aptly named Locomotion (the nickname of Lonnie Collins Motion) permeates the 60 poems that tell his sad yet hopeful story....Woodson, through Lonnie, creates...a contagious appreciation for poetry while using the genre as a cathartic means for expressing the young poet's own grief."
"Review" by , "The line breaks make for very easy reading...ideal for use in classrooms where students are reading and writing poetry."
"Synopsis" by , Told through his own poetry, 11-year-old Lonnie shares his heartbreak over his parents, killed in a fire four years ago, and his love for his younger sister Lili, separated from him when they were placed in foster care.
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