Locomotion (Locomotion #1)
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...more
by Jacquline Woodson
This book I found hidden in the book corner of my Year 5 classroom. The name and cover intrigued me as the title and cover didn’t appear very child friendly or very appealing for a 10 year old. This book is based on the poems of a young orphan Lonnie whose life changed dramatically when his parents died. He and his younger sister were separated and fostered into very different homes on the opposite side of the city.
Lonnie is an angry boy who has become dis-involve ...more
Lonnie Collins Motion, Mama would say.
Lo Co Motion
-pg. 21, "How I Got My Name"
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson tells the story of Lonnie Collins Motion (nicknamed Lo Co Motion by his mother), who at just 11 years old has already gone through some pretty traumatic life experiences. When Lonnie was 7, both of his parents died in a house fire. Not only did Lonnie lose his parents, he also is separated from his younger sister Lili as they are put in separat ...more
This is the first time I've read such a long story written through a series of poem ...more
In school, Lonnie’s teacher is having them write poetry books. Lonnie fills his poetry book about his life, both currently and in the ...more
From School Library Journal
"Lonnie Collins Motion, the Locomotion of the title, is a New York City fifth grader with a gifted teacher who assigns her class to write different forms of poetry. The house fire that killed Lonnie's parents and the four years of trauma and slow healing that follow are gradually revealed through his writings. In a masterful use of voice, Woodson allows Lonnie's poems to tell a complex story of loss and grief and to create a gritty, urban environment. Despite t ...more
Poetry is such a good vehicle for telling this story. Lonnie recalls sweet rememberings, the nightmares of the fire that destroyed his previous life, the rare and all-too-short visit ...more
*Recommended for ages 10 - 14
*Locomotion was honored by many state and national awards such as: National Book Award finalist, Coretta Scott King Honor, and 2003 Horn Book Award (Fiction-Honor)
*Jaqueline Woodson has also earned awards for many of her other books, including the 2006 Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Locomotion is a very accessible story told in verse, with each chapter poetically sharing the thoughts and feelings of an eleven year old boy whose real ...more
Woodson, Jacqueline. (2003) Locomotion /New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Interest/Reading Level: Grades 6-8
Lonnie Collins (age 11) lost his parents in a tragic fire four years ago and since then he has been under the care of Miss Edna, who apparently does not like boys. Lonnie Collins (Locomotion), encouraged by his teacher Ms. Marcus, writes poems to assuage his knotted feelings of being in a foster home and being separated from his younger sister Lili. As the reader progresse ...more
Locomotion is written in free verse about twelve-year old Lonnie Collins Motion (LoCoMotion) and his struggle to navigate the world successfully after the passing of his parents. This book is told in journal-format and we begin to understand how to live in his foster home, see his sister and deal with the nightmares involved with losing hi ...more
11 year old Lonnie Motion's life changed four years ago when his parents were killed in a fire. He and his sister Lili are eventually placed in seperate foster homes. Through a teacher's encouragement to write free verse poetry, Lonnie's adjustment to living with Miss Edna and his loss of family are beutifully composed in an eleven year olds voice as he takes us through a school year and lets us in to see his continued pain and journey to find a sense of "family" with ...more
This National Book award winning story tenderly, poignantly, wonderfully tells the tale of Lonnie Collins Motion. At seven, life dramatically changed for Lonnie and his little sister when their parents died in a fire. Now, at the age of 12, Lonnie still struggles with the afterm ...more
The free verse novel has been kind of a popular form lately, and many authors have ta ...more
I’m honestly not sure how to review this one because, one, it’s poetry, and all I can tell you about poetry is which ones I happen to like and which ones for whatever reason I don’t like, and two, because it’s kind of a slice-of-life. There isn’t a super clear beginning to the beginning because several of the poems go back to before the story technically started, and the end isn’t completely finality: there’s still some things that could be dealt with and everyth ...more
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 ...more