Synopses & Reviews
After andlt;Iandgt;Heaven andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;Iandgt;The First Part Lastandlt;/Iandgt;, three-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Angela Johnson concludes her acclaimed trilogy with a poignant tale of finding where you belong and who you belong with. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Shoogy left home with all her jeans still in the washer because she couldnand#8217;t think of a reason to stay. Sheand#8217;s not sure where she belongs, until she meets Curtis. Curtis knows for certain where he does not want to be and thatand#8217;s to be back in the army. He is happy to be in Ohio, where it is quiet and he can spend time with Shoogy. But when Curtis gets orders to return to Iraq, will belonging with each other be enough to keep Shoogy and Curtis together? Angela Johnson takes us back to Heaven, Ohio in this bittersweet tale of first love found and lost.
This thoughtful tale, with its quietly poetic sensibility and timely themes, will resonate with those who are grieving the loss of loved ones because of the war. -- andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;BULLETIN, andlt;/iandgt;March 1, 2010andlt;/bandgt;
*and#8220;Johnsonand#8217;s evocative yet starkly simple language powerfully shows the devastating effects of the war on one small communityand#8230;the characters and circumstances are never anything less than rich and real.and#8221;
Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson concludes her Heaven trilogy with a poignant tale of discovering whereand with whomyou belong.
In this follow-up to the novels "Heaven" and "The First Part Last," Coretta Scott King Award winner Johnson takes readers back to Heaven, Ohio, in a bittersweet tale of first love found and lost.
About the Author
Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels andlt;iandgt;The First Part Lastandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Heavenandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Toning the Sweepandlt;/iandgt;. andlt;iandgt;The First Part Lastandlt;/iandgt; was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She is also the author of the novels andlt;iandgt;Looking for Redandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;A Certain Octoberandlt;/iandgt;. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book andlt;iandgt;When I Am Old with Youandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by David Soman; andlt;iandgt;Wind Flyersandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;I Dream of Trainsandlt;/iandgt;, both illustrated by Loren Long; and andlt;iandgt;Lottie Paris Lives Here andlt;/iandgt;and its sequel andlt;iandgt;Lottie Paris and the Best Placeandlt;/iandgt;, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. Additional picture books includeandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;A Sweet Smell of Rosesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Just Like Josh Gibsonandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Day Ray Got Awayandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;All Different Nowandlt;/iandgt;. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com.