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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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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
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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
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Nina Bogaert
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,
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Honore Frieh
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
Rebecca
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
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Lonica
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
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Charlotte
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
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Rose
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
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
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Sarah Gruffydd
(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
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Ms. Graham
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
Lisa
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
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Aj Willis
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
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Dani
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
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Rachel
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
Brion Williams
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
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
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Amy B
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
Penny Ziegler
Margaret A. Edwards Award Book

VOYA Book Review Codes ~ Quality 5Q; Popularity 2P; Grade Interest S

Developmental Asset(s): 29,30

What a fitting title for this well written novel! Three boys are left without parents. The memory of these parents helps guide these boys as they find their way in life. The oldest of the boys decides that he will put his dreams of going to college on the back burner in order to get a job and provide the necessary support to raise his two younger brothers. The middle br
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Andrew Backs
5Q 4P MJS

The story and message of this books is fantastic. The story of three Puerto Rican brothers who have lost both their mother and father to tragic deaths is a very touching book written by Jacqueline Woodson. This books will appeal to a very broad teenage audience because the age separation of the three brothers will allow readers to relate with the character closest to their own age. This story will especially appeal to teens who may have experienced family struggles in their own lives,

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Billie
Although this story could be true, I didn't find it realistic. In this book, three brothers try to go on living in together in spite of the death of both parents. Mom died from some illness where dad died trying to save a woman and her dog from drowning. The middle brother is in and out of trouble with the law which puts incredible pressure on Tyree, the eldest, to hold the family together by keeping his brother out of trouble and providing financially for all three. As a recent graduate from hi ...more
Melissa
4Q 4P MJ

“Miracle’s Boys” is a story of how life can change, as 3 brothers must come of age sooner than expected. Decisions made impact their relationships, leaving the reader to wonder if these brothers be torn apart, or if they will come back together as a family. These brothers lose both of their parents. Ty’ree, the oldest, must forego college so he can work and support his brothers. Charlie returns home after time in a correctional facility, but has changed for the worse. I n an urban settin
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Melanie
Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson

Three brothers, Ty’ree, Charlie, and Lafayette, are trying to face the world after both of their parents have passed away. They all carry guilt about their parents’ deaths, and although that guilt opens up a chasm between Charlie and his brothers, they eventually realize they have more in common that it would at first appear.

Aspects of works that appeal or do not appeal to teens:
The characters are teens – ages 22, 15 and 12. It is not a fancied up, “life is g
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David Sof 2014
In the book Miracle's boys,by Jacqueline Woodson its many about peoples in gangs and three main characthers Layfette,Charlie(NewCharlie),and the oldest brother Ty'ree. Ty'ree is twenty one years old and hs to take care of his brothers alone because thier parents died. Charlie, the second oldest was mad because he wasn't there tohear their last words from his family. They always plan to go to Bayamon but they were too poor. Charlie wanted to help sohe robbed a shop and got sent to Rahway Coreecti ...more
Tyree
This book is about three brothers who has to take care of themselves because their mom and dad past away. The memories keep coming back to them because their father died in a lake down at a park. Everytime they see water it reminds them about it. And everytime they see one of the brothers they have a moment to get over it because when they were younger one of the brothers they robbed a store. Then thy got caught. So the cops came to the house and took him away. Their mother broke into tears the ...more
Kristian
this was a good book it was about 3 brothers who`s father had passed away from saving a dog in a frozen pond. there mother died from a heard attack so now these brothers are on there own. one of the brothers charlie got arrested from robbing a corner store but when he came back from jail his brother lafayet through him a party but charlie got mad and he left because he was not the same person as before he was a total new person and not a good person ether. this kid was a really bad kid because o ...more
Emily
(Edwards Award)

I truly enjoyed this book. The author does a remarkable job depicting three different characters and how each handles the death of their parents in different ways. She shows that each way is right for that character and she shows that there is no one right way to handle grief. Yet, she shows that the support of family can help you move past your grief and help you start living your life again. All three boys are vividly drawn and very realistic. They each handle their grief differ
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Kim
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Joe
I believe Miracle's Boys would appeal to many teens. The reason I believe this is because there are three characters, and a lot of teens could find themselves relating to one of them. First, there is the main character, Lafayette. Lafayette will appeal to teens who have perhaps have lost a parents or teens who struggle with siblings in their families. Ty'ree will appeal to teens who find themselves with a lot of family responsibilities that most teens do not face. The third character, Charlie, w ...more
Jennifer
Lafayette is an adolescent boy growing up in urban America. He has lived a rather harsh life in that his father and mother died during his youth. Lala's older brother, Ty'ree, has been raising him, mostly by himself so Lala doesn't have to live with their aunt in South Carolina. Lafayette's other older brother, Charlie, has been in and out of the Rahway Correctional School, and his demeanor has drastically changed post their mother's death. Charlie lives a very troubled, helpless life because he ...more
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