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Miracle's Boys

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,122 Ratings  ·  298 Reviews
Nothing is like it used to be. If it were, Mama would still be alive. Papa wouldn't have died. Thirteen-year-old Lafayette's older brother, Charlie wouldn't have done time at a correctional facility. And oldest brother Ty'ree would have gone to college instead of having to work full time to support the three of them. If things were the same, Lafayette wouldn't be so full o ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by Speak (first published April 24th 2000)
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Apr 01, 2016 Mariah rated it liked it
This book is good and the more recent book version of The Outsiders. I read this book with a lot of my male students and they loved it. The book takes place over 2 days.

This is the story of three remarkable young men; brothers who have only each other to rely on and who must decide whether they'll work with that or let it tear them apart.

The author is one of my favorite childhood books authors!
MaRk Gorbea
Wow is all I can say about the book miracle boys by Jacqueline Woodson thiS bOok was my favorite this year. Its a book most teens can relate to. And I know all teens will fall in love with it it shows how people change and how they act wen they with their friends I recomend this book to every single one!
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One image or scene that stuck with me was when newcharlie was in the room acting like laffayette is invisable and not saying a word to him which means they have no emotion for him
Alexis Beulne

How far would you go for your siblings if you will become orphan? That's what happened in the story, Miracle's Boys, a realistic fiction book, written by Jacqueline Woodson.
Ty'ree, Charlie and Lafayette are Miracle's sons; but he died, just before Lafayette was born, from hypothermia while he was trying to save a woman and her dog in a frozen lake, and their mother died two years ago too. So they are now alone. Ty'ree, the oldest, can't go to college because he haste work full-time to support
Nina Bogaert
Jan 04, 2015 Nina Bogaert rated it really liked it
Miracle's boys is a realistic fiction book written by Jacqueline Woodson.

What would you do if your mother and father were dead and that your older brother was your legal guardian?
This was the case of Lafayette in the story.
Ty'ree, Charlie and Lafayette are orphans who are facing poverty.
Ty'ree is the oldest, the one who is taking care of his brothers and the one who has a lot of responsabilities.
Charlie, the middle one, is also called NewCharlie because he changed since he came back from Rahway,
Honore Frieh
Jan 03, 2015 Honore Frieh rated it really liked it
What would you do if your mother and your father were suddenly dead? This was the case for Miracle’s sons Ty’ree, Charlie and Lafayette in the book Miracle’s boys written by Jacqueline Woodson. Ty’ree is the oldest son, he has attained majority, he is the legal supervisor of his two brothers and has stopped going to college to take care of his brothers. He has a full-time job. Charlie is the second child, he is repeating his 9th grade and he is fifteen. He recently came back from Rahway home for ...more
Jul 08, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
This is a rather sweet story, considering the protagonist is an orphaned boy, being raised by a sibling who had to put aside an education at MIT and another who appears to be on his way back to juvie.

Woodson's protagonist is sweet, to say the least. He keeps the image of his dead mother near and talks with her to resolve problems. I rather liked these exchanges. I found them tender. However, her characters are placed in one horrible situation after another. This was a bit much for me. For such
Mar 19, 2009 Lonica rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-class
I think this book would appeal to teens because it deals with issues that are wide-spread and common, no matter where you live. People have always dealt with racism, orphanage, family connections, etc. The reality of the book was appealing to me. So much so, that I was disappointed the book wasn’t longer. I wanted to know more about Laf, Charlie, and Ty’ree.

The book deals with the following developmental aspects: familial love and responsibility, growing up and being independent, forgiveness an
This book was good except that it was almost just like The Outsiders: three orphaned boys trying to make it through the straits of life. Ty'ree is the oldest and didn't get to go to college because he has to support the family, Charlie (called Newcharlie throughout most of the book) is the troubled kid who just came back from a stint in a juvenile detention center, and Lafayette is the youngest who is just trying to understand the dynamics of their new life.

I don't know if this is representativ
Jun 09, 2010 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: mc-literature
Story told through the words of Lafayette, the youngest of three brothers. Tyrese is the oldest who was given custody of the two younger brothers when their mother died of complications from diabetes. Their father died in a drowning accident. Charlie is the middle son (affectionately called Newcharlie by Lafayette) who has just been released from Rahway house (prison). The story tells the day to day struggles of the family and their grieving process. Lafayette thinks that he is responsible for h ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read, ya
It's always gratifying when you pick up an audiobook based entirely on the actor who read it, and then you actually really enjoy the book itself. I picked this up because: Dule Hill, but I listened to the end because of Woodson. The story she's telling -- about three boys living in New York City, and being raised by the oldest after the recent loss of their mother -- takes place within a twenty-four-hour period. But with the use of flashbacks (presented naturally in the story, and never coming o ...more
Sahir Copper
Feb 27, 2015 Sahir Copper rated it it was amazing
Miracle Boys by Jacqueline Woodson is a novel about three brothers, Lafayette, Charlie, and Ty'ree Bailey who were orphaned after the tragic deaths of their parents. This entire novel takes the time period of two or three days. The boys are going through some flashbacks about their parents. But they are all staying together and surviving in the harmful streets of Harlem, New York.

This book by Woodson there were things that I liked about this book. This story is very detailed with the flashbacks
Ms. Graham
Feb 08, 2015 Ms. Graham rated it it was amazing
Miracle’s Boys is a powerful realistic fiction book by Jacqueline Woodson. Students with older siblings will likely be able to relate to main character Lafayette’s painful encounters, while children from low-income backgrounds should be able to relate well to the entire family’s socioeconomic challenges. Beyond some of the hardships that poor families face, the book touches on so many important themes, including death and dealing with grief, the strength that family can provide during times of h ...more
Karen Fernandez
Another Book that I read this summer was Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson. In this book it's hard to just stick with one main protagonist because in reality there are three. These three protagonists are Charlie, Lafayette, and Ty’ree. They are all brothers. This book took place in New York City. The main conflict of this story also merges into being the resolution of it as well. These three boys lose both their parents so they need to figure out how to live without them basically and
Jul 17, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: level-z
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Fiction)

Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Z

Summary: Lafayette, the youngest son of Milagro (which means Miracle in Spanish), doesn't know how to reach out to his older brother Charlie when Charlie comes back from two years in a juvenile detention center. Charlie is hanging out with kids who are up to no good and neither Lafayette nor his older brother (and caretaker) Ty'ree can reach him. When Charlie ends up picked up by the police one night, Lafayette has to w
Kayli Jorgensen
Dec 05, 2015 Kayli Jorgensen rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-420

I really enjoyed this book--it was definitely a tear-jerker that was filled with heart. Lafayette is the youngest of three boys. His father died before he was born saving a woman and her dog from drowning, but the more recent death of his mother, and his older brother Charlie's return from incarceration provide the mental and emotional anguish that this story revolves around. Their oldest brother, Ty-ree, gave up his dream of going to MIT to raise them, and he holds the family
Hillary Carpenter
Jul 25, 2016 Hillary Carpenter rated it really liked it
I loved Miracle's Boys. It was so realistic and I really felt as if I were right there with the characters in the book. Jacqueline Woodson does an excellent job describing the characters and different scenes in the book. The main character in this book is Lafayette. He is the narrator of the book and we see everything from his perspective. There is a lot of dialogue in this book and is very easy to follow. There's also slang in the dialogue, I understood what the characters were saying and how t ...more
Aj Willis
May 11, 2014 Aj Willis rated it really liked it
Miracle's Boys involves three brothers,Tyree,Charlie,and Lafayette.These brothers are going through hard times because of their parents deaths.Their father died from hypothermia and their mother died from diabetes.Charlie served a two year sentence from sticking someone up.So after Charlie gets they have to figure out how to survive.

I like how even with the deaths of their parents the brothers still love and take care of each other.Tyree is the oldest and he provides while Charlie mentors Lafaye
Angelica Garcia
Jun 11, 2015 Angelica Garcia rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book and how every thing ended. NOT FINISHED GOING TO FINISH IT AT HOME
Jun 17, 2015 Katherine rated it liked it
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Mrs. Reed
Oct 14, 2015 Mrs. Reed rated it really liked it
An excerpt from this book was used in our reading tests at my last school (the highest level--Z--a kid could earn), so I used to hear the same part of it over and over again. I don't know why it took me so long to read the whole thing, especially since I love Jacqueline Woodson's other work.

This book was really beautiful and sad, but definitely complicated to read. The present-day action is only over a few days, but the flashbacks go all the way to before the narrator was born, trying to piece t
May 31, 2015 Johana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book had a solid plot and a lot of detail while you were reading it, it wasn't that satisfying. Over the course of two days or so, there are several HUGE changes in character development but not a whole lot of importance in the plot. What two big events there are that aren't memories or flashbacks practically transform the characters, which is just not realistic for a book with such a short timespan. This book does not capture day-to-day life for the characters at all. The story is ve ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Dani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was simple in its plot line but the ideas it was trying to convey were so much more complex.

There were ideas explored in this story of loyalty, of forgiveness, of blame, of acceptance, and of values. This family of three bothers carried this book with only their individual characteristics to move it along. The story wasn't long or overly descriptive, but Laf's personality was perfectly captured in this story. The slang phrases that Laf used and the offhand way that Laf's observations
Amanda Enman
Jul 21, 2015 Amanda Enman rated it liked it
Shelves: 14-25
Lafayette is going through a rough time when his brother, Charlie comes home from a juvenile camp. Lafayette keeps thinking of how his father and mother died, and he still struggles with thinking their mother's death was his fault. His oldest brother, Ty'ree, is trying to take care of them and struggles with both of their parents gone.
This book was a little bit confusing and jumped around at times, but it had a good message about leaving your regrets and re-uniting with your family. It talked a
Jan 08, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was heartbreaking in the most wonderful way. It wasn't heavy handed or overly dramatic. It was a realistic portrayal of growing up poor in an urban area. The aspect I liked most about this book is that the three main characters are boys and yet they have FEELINGS. Real emotions. They may not show them outwardly but they're there. I think that boys reading this will appreciate knowing that they themselves are not the only ones with feelings and insecurities. Even the tough middle brothe ...more
Tim Watts
Mar 17, 2016 Tim Watts rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book for upper elementary/young adult readers. It tells the story of three brothers over a 48-hour period that changes their lives significantly. The brothers deal with deaths within their family, prison's influence in their family, gang initiation, and their animosity between each other. It is a moving chapter book that helps put the reader in the place of a confused adolescent in the middle of broken home in a rough neighborhood. Its messages and themes make the reader fee ...more
Brion Williams
Aug 06, 2014 Brion Williams rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the greatest books I have ever read in all of my twenty two years of being alive. Man I loved this book. I highly recommend this book to teens but i feel like even adults will benefit from this book. I remember when they came out with a tv show about this book, man was i excited. This is a story about 3 brothers whose mother is dead and are all trying to make it will the oldest brother is raising his younger brothers. They are each dealing with individual issues as well as c ...more
Andrea Devinney
Jun 11, 2014 Andrea Devinney rated it really liked it
This book follows the lives of three siblings who are trying to make ends meet after both their mother and father die.

Any person who has siblings can relate to this book. The amount of unconditional love that you have for siblings can sometimes turn into absolute anger when you see them doing something in their life that you do not agree with. I loved how two of the brothers switched off on being upset so that neither of them would be upset at the same time at the middle brother.

Great book and
Ang Buxton
Jun 09, 2015 Ang Buxton rated it it was ok
I'm glad this book exists. I have students, especially young boys, who could enjoy reading this. That being said, it is undeniable that the writing is weak, choppy. The narrator is like-able. The situation is dire, relatable, and the conflict has potential to pull at your heart. But it's not enough to rope you in and keep you. I didn't ever feel entangled. I felt like I was constantly swatting at sentences to get out of the way. There are too many loose ends and not enough knots. Is this intenti ...more
Sarah Insomnia
Jul 02, 2014 Sarah Insomnia rated it it was ok
(NOTE: This review is an excerpt from a graduate level research paper. The rating (stars) and the critical review are mutually exclusive; the former simply pertains to my subjective partiality to the story)

Jacuqeline Woodson’s Miracles’s Boys serves as a prime example of a narrative that incorporates realistic struggles along with heartwarming hope without concluding with an idealistic, saccharine ending.

The story follows the lives of three brothers, Lafayette, Charlie, and Ty’ree, as they pers
Amy B
Mar 02, 2009 Amy B rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kent-ya-class
A Margaret Edwards award, Miracl's Boys is a remarkable story of how three brothers try to survive the jungle of real life and the heartbreak of loosing both parents together. The father dies from saving a woman and her dog in the central park pond. After this, life is very difficult financially for the boys and their mother. The middle boy, Charles tries to rob a carry-out to take his mother to take her to where she always longed to go. While Charlie is in prison, his little brother, Lafayette ...more
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I used to say I’d be a teacher or a lawyer or a hairdresser when I grew up but even as I said these things, I knew what made me happiest was writing.

I wrote on everything and everywhere. I remember my uncle catching me writing my name in graffiti on the side of a building. (It was not pretty for me when my mother found out.) I wrote on paper bags and my shoes and denim binders. I chalked stories a
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