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Peace, Locomotion (Locomotion #2)

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Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he's living apart from his little sister, Lili, he decides it's his job to be the "rememberer" and write down everything that happens while they're growing up. Lonnie's musings are bittersweet; he's happy that he and Lili have new families, but though his new family brings him joy, it als ...more
Hardcover, 134 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by Putnam Juvenile (first published January 1st 2009)
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Betsy
Recently I was able to pinpoint why exactly I have such a hard time reviewing Jacqueline Woodson's recent books. I mean, Feathers was so difficult for me that I eschewed a review altogether and while I managed to put two words together for After Tupac and D Foster, it wasn't a review that stuck in my mind as one of my more sterling efforts. So what is it about Ms. Woodson that throws me for such a loop? It's not like she isn't good at dialogue or realistic characters. Her books contain depth and ...more
April
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson is an epistolatory novel, meaning it's written in letter form, told through the letters of twelve year old Lonnie Collins Motion to his sister Lili. Basically, Lonnie and his sister are in foster care, but with two different families, and Lonnie feels he must write a letter to his sister every day they are in foster care so they can remember the stage in their life, he doesn't send the letters though, choosing to save them for when they get out of foster c ...more
Paul Sheckarski
At first this epistolary novel seemed insubstantial to me, its episodes and themes unconnected with one another. Its slight structure deceives. It crystallizes with such steady confidence within such a paltry number of pages that it reminds one of an illusionist's nowhere bouquet, or, well, a poem -- a minimalist's puzzle.

Though it reminds me of minimalism, I wouldn't catagorize Peace, Locomotion as such. Emotion and images suffuse the novel; Woodson avoids overabundance by manufacturing no spec
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L12_Robyn
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson is the second story of Lonnie (Locomotion). The story is told through letters to his younger sister, Lili, who is in a separate foster home after their parents passed away. These letters are meant to be memory keepers that Lili will read when she is older and are meant to remember the events that have happened in Lonnie’s life. Lonnie now lives in a nice foster home with 2 older “brothers” and his foster Mom, Miss Edna. One of the young men, Jenkins, was o ...more
Eva Mitnick
There are some writers who just knock me right over with their writing talent. They know how to hone their words down to the most essential bones, so that the language is deceptively simple but contains maximum beauty and meaning. Patricia MacLachlan is one, Susan Patron is another. Simplicity, pithiness, grace, and humor – they make it look so easy.

That Jacqueline Woodson belongs on that list was made crystal clear yet again by Peace, Locomotion. This book is told mostly through Lonnie’s letter
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Alea
Peace, Locomotion is a hopefully book that speaks of the different definitions of family. Biological family, foster family, and your country. I believe the book is set around current issues but really it's relevant for any time period. I hadn't realized when I started reading, that this is a companion book to the book, Locomotion, but I felt it had to power to stand alone just fine.

The book is a series of letters that Lonnie Collins Motion aka Locomotion writes to his little sister Lili. After l
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Carly Wesley
Lonnie (Locamotion) and his little sister Lili get separated living in different foster homes after their parents die in a fire. Lonnie decides to write letters to Lili so she won’t forget him while they are living apart. Lonnie lives with Miss Edna, who he loves and her two sons who are in Iraq. Lonnie has problems in school since his teacher won’t let him write poems, this gets resolved when he gets a new teacher that acts like a mentor/role model. Lonnie struggles with getting close with his ...more
Toni
I just finished reading "Locomotion" with a group of fifth and sixth graders and we will be reading part of this out loud as we wait for the other groups to finish. Peace, Locomotion is written mostly in letters rather than poems, but is still masterfully done. I won't be able to read one part out loud because I will cry, so I'll make sure someone else reads that letter. Well done, Jacqueline Woodson!
Kristen Jorgensen
A young boy writes letters to his sister while they grow up in seperate Foster families.

The thing I love more than anything about this book is that the Foster families for both kids are wonderful and supportive. I am sure that real foster families and step moms get very tired of the evil, neglecting stigma's that are placed upon them. It's refreshing to see such loving devotion and kindness.
Read  Ribbet
Companion book to Woodson National Book Finalist Locomotion. A young boy separated in the foster care system from his sister uses a series of letters to capture the events and emotions of his life during their time of separation. He lands in a home where the son is off to war and his return causes adjustments. No matter what the challenges, Woodson always shows her characters with strength and humanity. The letters serve as chapters which positions this as an interesting mentor text for older wr ...more
Lindsey
I read the first book early in the year and thought it was good. But this one is better than the first one.
Brindi
2010 Odyssey Honor

This is fantastic, and it was an instant favorite within the first 5 minutes of listening. When I wasn't smiling, I had tears in my eyes, or I was laughing because the narration is just that good and Lonnie, a.k.a. Locomotion, is just that likeable of a character. Important life lessons and hurts, mingled between laughs and coming-of-age moments. (deals with death, loss, and war)

I have not read LOCOMOTION yet, but it's definitely going to the top of my list. (Peace, Locomotion
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Terri Van Loon
Written entirely in letters to his younger sister, Lonnie describes his experiences with his new foster family. Although, Lonnie loves his foster family, he still feels like a guest in their home and also longs to be with his sister again. Lonnie's story is told against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. While trying to fit in with his new family, Lonnie is also struggling to figure out how he feels about the war. This book can incite deep, critical thinking among middle grade students. I think it ...more
Kellee
Once again Lonnie's thoughtful and sensitive voice resonates off of the pages of Peace, Locomotion just as they did off of Locomotion. While Locomotion was a book in verse, Peace, Locomotion is an epistolatory (written in letters) novel. All of the letters that Lonnie writes is to his sister Lili because they have been separated into different foster homes and Lonnie is to be the rememberer for the two of them. In these letters, he remembers and shares. While both Locomotion and Peace, Locomotio ...more
Josiah
After being widely lauded for the vibrant and unique voice that she created in her 2003 book Locomotion, Jacqueline Woodson did something that not many authors would have attempted: she altered the format of that voice in the book's sequel.

Changing from verse to prose, told now in the form of unsent letters from Lonnie C. Motion to his sister, Lili, Peace, Locomotion is a truly wonderful story, in my view every bit as powerful as its predecessor. Lonnie is such a real person, so open and hones
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Jo Sorrell
I have not read the first book entitled Locomotion but wish I had before reading this one. I read this one first because it is on the 2011 NCCBA list. Very interesting style of writing in the form of letters. I liked the fact that finally there are good foster homes depicted. Rare thing in books. I was hurt by the war and Rodney's loss of a limb.

Lonnie Motion is 12
Lili Motion is is 9
Mrs. Cooper Lonnie's teacher who puts down his dream of being a poet.
last year his teacher Ms. Marcus raved abou
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Tahleen
This book continues the story of Lonnie Collins Motion, or Locomotion, told in the letters he writes to his younger sister, Lili. He has been living with Miss Edna, his foster mother, for 2 years at the start of the book, and is starting to feel more and more like he is a part of the family; yet, this causes him to begin questioning the meaning of family, and whether his old one is more important than the new one. This is all happening while his foster mother's youngest biological son, Jenkins, ...more
Alicia Montgomery
12-year-old Lonnie Collins Motion, a.k.a. Locomotion, is living with a foster family after losing his parents in a tragic event. His sister Lili is living with a different family. He writes letters to her to keep in touch and help them both remember their past memories. Lonnie is happy with his foster mom, but still aches for his sister and parents. The letters help him deal with the gap he feels in his life.

I shared this immediately with my students, reading to them the opening poem "Imagine Pe
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Adam
Written as a series of letters, you follow the life of Lonnie Collins Motion (lo-co-motion)that began in in the first book: Locomotion. The first book, being a series of poems by Lonnie, had not only the expected lyrical quality to the writing but also, and even more impressive, had the strength and authenticity embeded deep in the characters voices. Even with the shift in format, both the lyrical and strong voice standout in this follow up. Jacqueline Woodson is quickly becoming a favorite auth ...more
Deanna
Realistic fiction, written in letters, foster care, war/peace, family, death/grief.

I read this book a year ago when it was in ARC form but had forgotten what it was about so I reread it today. Strengths of this book are that it is completely written in letters from Lonnie to Lili, the sister. Both are living in separate foster care homes after the death of their parents. Lonnie uses the letters to share about his life--his love of poetry, memories of their parents, thoughts on the war in Iraq, h
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Emmett Spain
Told in the form of letters from a pre-teen boy to his younger sister, Peace, Locomotion shares the insights of a boy learning about his world, and discovering where he should truly place value.

It’s a sweet story, all things told. The voice of youth and enthusiasm is adequately captured, even if some of the descriptions seem well above the capabilities of even the most capable 11 year old… a drawback of any story written by an adult from a child’s point of view. We get to read the insights of th
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Em (Love YA Lit)
Em's Review: I have yet to read the 2003 National Book Award Finalist, Locomotion, which first introduces readers to Lonnie, but I was able to jump right into Peace, Locomotion without feeling like I was missing anything. In this sequel, Lonnie is now 12 years old, in 6th grade, and still living with Miss Edna, his foster mother. Lonnie lives apart from his little sister, Lili – each living with kind, loving foster families – and writes letters to Lili which serve as a sort of journal or diary f ...more
Jessica Richins
This book is told completely through letters from 12 yr. old Lonnie to his younger sister Lilli. The two of them are living in separate foster families, and Lonny wants fill Lilli in on everything going on in his life. From him being a poet to his foster mom’s son being away at war. This book explores the ideas of peace from the perspective of a child.
I liked the form that this book was written in, and thought that it was creative that we are seeing everything through the eyes of someone who is
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been a long time since I've read a book that makes me smile, shiver, and choke up like this. jackie's writing is pure. she is a master of the short page and loses nothing to fragmentation. her style of long-term repetition dilates rather than delineates. contexts and emotions are powerfully layered.

"I sat at my desk and all I could think about was how excited Mama would get around holiday time. How she'd be cooking and baking and playing Christmas music and decorating the windows. In my head I j
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Leane
This was a total let-down for me after reading its prequel, "Locomotion." "Peace, Locomotion" is once again told by Lonnie, a twelve-year-old boy growing up with a foster family and apart from his younger sister, Lili. The story is completely told in letters from Lonnie to Lili which he never sends but puts in a drawer.

I felt like there was absolutely no point to this book. It didn't go anywhere, it was boring, and I felt like Woodson really didn't add anything new to Lonnie's story. Picking up
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Zandra
After his parents die in a house fire, twelve-year-old Lonnie, also known as Locomotion, is separated from his younger sister Lilli when they are placed in different foster homes. Although he loves his foster family and feels at home with them, he terribly misses Lilli. In an effort to remember the past, he deems himself the “rememberer” and writes letters to Lilli with memories of life when their parents were alive and what happens while they are growing up. His letters are poignant and insight ...more
Christy
Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he's living apart from his little sister, Lili, he decides it's his job to be the "rememberer" and write down everything that happens while they're growing up. Lonnie's musings are bittersweet; he's happy that he and Lili have new families, but though his new family brings him joy, it als...more Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he's living apart from his litt ...more
Ginta Harrigan
“Peace, Locomotion” is a book written by author Jacqueline Woodson. It is the sequel to “Locomotion” also written by Ms. Woodson. “Peace, Locomotion” is a series of letters written from Lonnie (Locomotion) to his sister Lilli.

I really liked “Locomotion.” Because I was so impressed by that book, I wanted to read “Peace, Locomotion.” I have to say the first few letters in the book did not make a favorable impression on me. I found the writing to be a little tedious. However, the book picked up pac
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Jessica
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This is a novel of letters from Lonnie, Locomotion” to his sister Lily. Their parents died in a house fire three years before the setting of this book. They are in separate foster families. This story has main themes of family, war, peace, healing, and love. Locomotion doesn’t like it when his sister calls her foster mother “Mama,” because he feels like she should only remember her real mother as her mom. Lily is glad she can live with her foster mom, who loves her like her own da
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Aaron
Twelve-year-old Lonnie Collins Motion, who many people call Locomotion, is in the process of recovering from the events that took place in the previous novel, Locomotion. He is living in a foster home with Miss Edna and her younger son Rodney. Her older son Jenkins is serving in the war, which is never named, overseas.

Life hasn't been easy for Lonnie. His parents are both dead, and the lives of his sister Lili and him have been changed forever in the fire. Lili is also living with a foster famil
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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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