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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 G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Betsy
Mar 01, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
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
Gelse Tecalero
Jan 14, 2016 Gelse Tecalero rated it did not like it
Do you ever wonder what it feels like to be separated by your brother or sister? In this book Lonnie and his little sister have to be separated after something bad happens to his parents. The book is Realistic Fiction. Lonnie and his sister get separated and move to different foster homes and Lonnie starts to write poems and letters to his sister Lili.

The setting of the book is in the past and it's Summer. Lonnie is eleven and he's writing his sister a letter that states that he's gonna be twe
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April
Mar 22, 2010 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, library, multicultural
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
Garren
Mar 12, 2015 Garren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-courses
A perfect gem of a book that deserves wider attention.

Peace, Locomotion takes the form of short letters from Lonnie (pen name: Locomotion) to his sister. They're living in separate foster homes after the events of the companion novel-in-verse, Locomotion, which isn't necessary to read first. Lonnie's letters are more like a journal because he's saving them to give to his sister when (he hopes) they'll be reunited for more than occasional weekend visits.

Two things set this book apart. First, Lonn
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Paul Sheckarski
Aug 06, 2010 Paul Sheckarski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2012 L12_Robyn rated it really liked it
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
Aug 27, 2009 Eva Mitnick rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2009 Alea rated it really liked it
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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Joanna Marie
Jul 23, 2015 Joanna Marie rated it it was amazing
The heartfelt voice of the young poet was once again heard in Jacqueline Woodson's Peace, Locomotion , sequel to award winning first book, Locomotion .

If the first book was written in poems, the sequel takes it form as letters. Peace, Locomotion is the compilation of letters Locomotion had written to his sister, Lili, while there are living separately(as narrated in the first and second book). Just the mere fact of this is the voice of a 12-year old boy touches my heart already. I felt the lov
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Kelly
Mar 09, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it
Written as a companion to Locomotion, Jacqueline Woodson's book Peace, Locomotion reintroduces readers to Lonnie, now 12 years old and using a pencil and paper to write letters instead of poetry. Peace, Locomotion continues on the non-traditional writing path, this time having readers follow Lonnie's story through a series of letters he writes to his sister Lili. The letters serve as a way for Lili to remember Lonnie and preserve their biological brother-sister bond as they continue to live with ...more
DyolF Dixon
Mar 07, 2015 DyolF Dixon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realism
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson is a heartwarming story of a boy named Lonnie nicknamed Locomotion and his sister Lill. They are both in foster homes, different foster homes. He writes his sister every day and sometimes gets to see her when Lill’s foster mother bring her. He writes about his life. He tells his sister about his foster mother and her two sons. He tell his sister how he is doing in school, his hopes and dreams. The main thing he wants is to be reunited with his sister. He d ...more
Carly Wesley
Apr 16, 2014 Carly Wesley rated it really liked it
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
Adeline S.
'Peace, Locomotion' proved to be an even better book than the one that came before it, 'Locomotion', which is hard to believe since that one was so good. While 'Locomotion' was told through Lonnie, the main character's, poetry, 'Peace, Locomotion' is told through Lonnie's letters to his younger sister, Lili. Lonnie never sends these letters, though. He stores them away safely until he and Lili are back together again, as a reflection of when they were apart. Lonnie and Lili Motion's parents were ...more
Toni
Apr 04, 2013 Toni rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Kelly Rodrguez
Jan 26, 2016 Kelly Rodrguez rated it did not like it
Do you know what it feels like to be separated from your sibling's.? The genre of this book is realistic fiction. In my personal opinion i found this book to be really boring because, Lonnie just writes letter to his sister Lilly about what happens in his life and what he does at school also Lonnie is a poet so he writes poems to his sister.

This story takes place in two different foster homes. This story is about two siblings who lost there parents in house fire and became orphans who later th
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Kelly Hager
Jan 17, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
I have loved both books in this series and I hope there's a sequel. I wonder how Lonnie and his sister are doing, if they're still able to visit all the time, and how Miss Edna and his foster brothers are doing.

The thing that has stayed with me the most about this book is the idea that, even if bad things happen, good things can come out of them. Obviously Lonnie still misses his parents and still wishes that he and Lili could live together...but at the same time, if his parents hadn't died, he
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Salsabrarian
Narrated by Dion Graham. Twelve-year-old Lonnie and his younger sister Lili live in separate foster families since the death of their parents in a fire. Lonnie, who loves writing poetry, pens letters to his sister about all the things that are happening in his life and also to help her remember their parents and the way their family used to be. Meanwhile, his foster mother Ms Edna fears for her son, missing in Iraq. Dion Graham reads Lonnie's letters with brotherly warmth; you can feel the affec ...more
Julia
Jan 10, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it
I didn't know that this book is the second book about Locomotion that Jacqueline Woodson has written. She also wrote Locomotion that comes before this book chronologically.

Locomotion is Lonnie Collins Motion’s nickname; he’s 12 years old and this novel is written as letters and a few poems to his 9 year old sister, Lilly. They are being raised in different but good foster homes after their house burned down and their parents died, four years before.

I requested this book from Interlibrary loan,
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Read  Ribbet
Mar 01, 2014 Read Ribbet rated it really liked it
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
Linda Bogaard
Jun 29, 2016 Linda Bogaard rated it it was amazing
Love Jacqueline Woodson's writing, and this sequel to Locomotion didn't disappoint. Lonnie's letters to his sister are personal and conversational and reflect the joys and sorrows and frustrations, etc. of his day-to-day life and his growth/change in perceptions and beliefs as time goes by. It also reflects his love for his sister and his desire to care for her and help her to know/remember what has happened since they were separated and sent to different foster homes. Listened to it on CDs - th ...more
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
Jun 07, 2014 Terri Van Loon rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed-689
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
Feb 02, 2010 Josiah rated it liked it
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
Jul 08, 2010 Jo Sorrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2010 Tahleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
May 30, 2011 Alicia Montgomery rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-books
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
Nov 05, 2009 Deanna rated it it was ok
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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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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